"Yes We Steal" t-shirt

This is one of the many new t-shirts on sale at Jingu Stadium by the good people at GRAND SLAM Sports Enterprises. It’s their new “Yes We Steal” shirt in commemoration of the team’s affinity for swiping extra bases.

As of yesterday’s game, Tokyo had 116 steals! That easily bests Seibu’s 93, and second place in the Central League is way back at 63 (Hiroshima).

Anyway, without further ado:

Front of Yes We Steal t-shirt.

Front of "Yes We Steal" t-shirt.

And here’s the other side:

Back of Yes We Steal shirt

Back of "Yes We Steal" t-shirt.

Romanized, it reads: Tsugi no rui itadakimasu.

Roughly translated, it says, “I’ll take the next base, thank you very much.”

This one costs 2,500 yen (about US$25) if I remember correctly.

For more information on GRAND SLAM t-shirts and where you can get them, click here.

About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo's more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it's a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini

  • That’s awesome!

  • Along with Chris, I can also affirm that the range of t-shirts are great. Great designs & great quality – be sure to check them out if you’re at a game. Shall I say great one more time? Great!

  • I concur with my esteemed colleagues about GSSE – fine guys, fine merchandise.
    Stealing (which I like, provided it’s done intelligently and successfully) got me thinking about the Swallows’ small-ball style and the other things that go with stealing and made me decide, appropos of little, to share the following passage from Leron Lee’s chapter in Rob Fitts’s Remembering Japanese Baseball:

    One time, we were playing the Nankai Hawks, and we had bases loaded with one away. There was a full count on the batter, and our manager Yamauchi put on the squeeze play – with a full count and one out! I was on third base, and I saw the squeeze sign so I was thinking, “Should I break, or should I wait?” If the next pitch was ball four, then I could walk home, but if he bunted it, and it wasn’t a good bunt, then I’d be out. I decided to break off the base. The pitcher went into a stretch, and I got my lead. As he threw, I broke toward home plate. Well, their catcher stood up, and the Nankai Hawks have called a pitchout! It’s a full count, right. A pitchout is ball four! But our catcher, Hiroshi Takahashi, who was a thirty-eight-year-old veteran, followed Japanese directions to the max and tried to bunt it! So it became strike three, and they tagged me out to complete the double play! I just stood on the third baseline and Leon brought my glove out. I said, “Leon, did you see that? What you think just happened?” He said, “I don’t know.” I said, “Well, I’ll tell you. Their manager just outdumbed our manager!”

    “Their manager just outdumbed our manager!” is my new favorite quote, I think.