While we were in Tokyo, George and I attended a game between the Tokyo Swallows and their cross-town rivals, the Tokyo Giants. The game was played at historic Meiji Jingu Stadium, the Swallows’ home park. Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig once played there. It’s a great old-fashioned outdoor stadium and the weather was perfect.
You can think of games between the Swallows and Giants as the Tokyo equivalent of New York’s “subway series” – with the Swallows being similar to the Mets, while the far more popular Giants, who play in the modern (and indoor) Tokyo Dome, assuming the role of the Yankees. Being a lifelong Mets fan, it was easy for me to root for the homestanding Swallows. And after an exciting back and forth affair, they pulled out a crowd-pleasing 7-6 win.
My apologies for the quality of this video. I’ve never done this sort of thing before. Some of the footage is shaky and many of the transitions are clunky. Still, I hope it gives you a feel for Japanese baseball, which features far more crowd participation than the American version.
Go Go Swallows!