I haven't been to a Japanese baseball game yet so I can't compare the game to that, but I can compare it to other games I've been to in the U.S. It was definitely the quietest baseball game I've ever been to (except for the cheering for Ichiro)! It was strange not to hear any talking, yelling, booing, cheering, or drunken shouting. Or singing--during the 7th inning stretch our group of Americans were the only ones I could hear singing along to "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"! Of course, the Japanese were unlikely to know the words.
Unsurprisingly, the stadium was also spotlessly clean. No sticky beer, sunflower seeds, or popcorn spilled everywhere--that was a big difference. Another similarity is that they did show people on the big screen, but there were no silly contests, no "kiss cam," no "Welcome to Boy Scout Troop 56" messages, no funny facts about the players, etc. So maybe the Japanese just take baseball a lot more seriously than we do and don't have the need to be constantly entertained like Americans!
|At first glance, it looks like a normal game at the Metrodome!|
|But everything is in Japanese|
|And everyone is eating bento|
|There are cheerful "beer girls" everywhere with backpacks full of beer ready to pour you a cold one|
|Japanese baseball food includes yakisoba, yakitori and curry rice along with hot dogs and hamburgers|
|The Mariner moose was there doing some wacky dancing|
|And Ichiro doing his signature at bat pose|
|Here he is on a beer ad in left field!|