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1. TWO!-OH!-OH!-OH! CLAP!-CLAP!-CLAP!CLAP!CLAP! Posted: November 02, 2009 at 12:11 PM (#3374577)
Go Ham Fighters!
Nippon Ham Fighters is the greatest name in professional sports.
The roar only got louder when former Nippon Ham star [Tsuyoshi] Shinjo made his appearance.
With his unnaturally white teeth gleaming, hair teased and dark sunglasses perched on his face, the heavily tanned former outfield maestro looked more like a movie star than a baseball player.
I found out recently that...
But aren't the Yomiuri Giants the NPB equivalent of the Yankees?
Boy, I really hope that handle becomes moot in the next few days.
Anybody know of a way to watch the Japanese series online? I'd be most interested in something like a torrent site...
Due to the Yomiuri company's vast influence in Japan as a major media conglomerate, the Giants are successfully marketed to the Japanese people as "Japan's Team." In fact, for some years the Giants' uniforms had "Tokyo" on the jersey instead of "Yomiuri" or "Giants," seeming to imply that the Giants represent the vast metropolis and geopolitical center of Japan, even though the Yakult Swallows are also based in Tokyo and three other teams play in the Greater Tokyo Area. This bandwagon appeal has been compared with the marketability of the New York Yankees and Manchester United, except that support for the Giants nearly exceeds 50% of those polled, while in the United States and England, support is judged to be between 30 to 40 percent for the New York Yankees and Manchester United, respectively. Correspondingly, fans of other professional baseball teams in Japan are often openly derisive and contemptuous of the Giants' bandwagon marketing tactics, and an "anti-Giants" movement exists in protest of the near hegemony established by the Yomiuri Giants.
It has also long been alleged that the Giants rely on underhanded tactics to recruit the best players, involving bribes to players and amateur coaches, or using their influence on the governing council of Japanese professional baseball to pass rules that favors their recruiting efforts. This may be one explanation for the Giants' abundance of success in league play.
Ironically in 2009 the Giants played the Japan national baseball team in a warm up friendly before the World Baseball Classic.
Due to the Yomiuri company's vast influence in Japan as a major media conglomerate, the Giants are successfully marketed to the Japanese people as "Japan's Team.
A win for the Fighters would be pretty sweet for the guys who played in Tokyo when the Fighters were second-class citizens.
Is it true that Fighters were the only team interested in Yu Darvish when he was drafted? That seems insane.
I found out recently that they are merely sponsored by a company called Nippon Ham, and the nickname is apparently not to suggest that they are fighting hams, which I had long hoped. I mean, I guess technically they are fighting on the side of ham, which is still better than fighting ham, but being fighters made out of ham would trump all the other possibilities.
It's great and hilarious either way. Why fight ham, it's delicious? Who the hell is ham fighting, steak?
Fighty ...a bright pink pterodactyl, whose head resembled a giant leg of ham.
I went to a Fighters game in '03 when they still played in Tokyo. Their stadium was minor league, esp. compared to the Tokyo Dome (where the Giants play). A win for the Fighters would be pretty sweet for the guys who played in Tokyo when the Fighters were second-class citizens.
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