Japan – Opening Day Baseball
In the aftermath of disaster, Japan is trying to stay positive, and opening day baseball has begun! Tuesday the action started with the Rakuten Eagles beating the defending champion Chiba Lotte Marines 6-4. An earthquake in Chiba early Tuesday and another felt in the stadium during the game didn’t deter the 22,525 hardy fans who gathered at QVC Marine Field for the Pacific League opener. Every fan in the Chiba cheering section held up signs saying “Stay strong Japan” (see pic below). The signs in the pic above say “Carry On, Japan!” from a high school baseball game in late March. Many people in shelters were able to watch the game. A positive that comes from this is that people stick together in times of disaster.
“Despite the difficult conditions, we are able to open the season because everybody helped us to do it,” said Rakuten infielder Kazuo Matsui, a former major leaguer in the United States with the New York Mets, Colorado Rockies and Houston Astros. “I want to carry this feeling of appreciation for the whole year by playing baseball.
“During training camp, I went to a shelter and I saw people there with energy in their faces. I went there expecting to cheer them up, but instead they cheered me up. That’s why I want to play hard.”
(link, quotes, some word for word from full article courtesy espn.com)