Tokyo Dome, Japan
The 2010 Major League Baseball Season, the 110th consecutive season that will be played by the American and National Leagues simultaneously, starts this week when the Boston Red Sox will host their long-time rivals, the 2009 World Series champion New York Yankees at Fenway Park.
Baseball is the leading team sport in Japan. Here, the Nippon Professional Baseball season is eight months long and games started in late March with their Championship held in October.
Several years ago, I was lucky enough to be visiting Japan and caught a game at the Tokyo Dome with the Hanshin Tigers vs. the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants. It was pretty cool and I especially enjoyed the sushi that replaced the ‘standard’ hot dog back home. Who won? I have no idea. Although I like baseball, I was more mesmerized by the animated and exuberant fans.
Oh, and go Cubs!