Since Japan won the championship at World Baseball Classic two times in a row, Japanese baseball has come to be well know in the world. And also in 1995, pitcher Hideo Nomo became the first Japanese player in US major league baseball. He has since been followed by many others. (Some of them are actually criticized for their too expensive pay.)
Professional baseball are still very popular in Japan as a spectator sport and its season starts at the end of March (or early April) and ends early October. There are two leagues (Pacific league and Central league) and six teams in each league. We have very unique style to cheer our favorite team. Cheering group plays different original songs for each players with music instruments such as trumpets or drums, and fans sing a song with waving megaphones.
This year 2,3 teams are struggling each other for victory, so we can’t keep our eyes off the games. My favorite team – Hanshin Tigers is at the second place (as of today) and now is shooting for a championship since 2005.
Go for it, Tigers!!