Remembering Masayasu Okada

Today (July 30) marks the eighth anniversary of the passing of Masayasu Okada, arguably the Swallows’ biggest fan. Okada was responsible for many of the cheering rituals that continue to be used to this day, including the use of umbrellas and the singing of Tokyo Ondo. Beyond an obituary written by Jim Allen and some […]

Don't forget about Jingu (and Koshien)!

I find it hard to disagree with Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci that Fenway Park is the greatest venue in all of sports. I was even lucky enough to see Billy Hatcher steal home there on August 3, 1992 – a feat no Red Sox player has pulled off since. Nonetheless, this part of the essay […]