March 23: A’s Arrive in Japan

Spring Training camp in Phoenix is complete and the team and travel party depart for Tokyo, Japan to open the Major League Baseball season. After a 12 hour flight, the A’s arrived in Tokyo. The travel began Thursday morning in Phoenix and ended Friday evening in Tokyo.

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A’s players and staff enjoy breakfast at Phoenix Municipal Stadium before departure to the airport.

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A’s players and staff await TSA check-in at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

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Passport – check. Boarding pass – check.

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Kurt Suzuki and Jordan Norberto are all smiles as they board the aircraft.

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A’s players and families board the flight to Japan.

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Comcast SportsNet is on the scene.

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The large 747 aircraft boarded almost 200 people.

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Goodbye United States. Next stop Japan.

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Players settle in for take off.

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Ray Fosse is ready for departure.

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More than 10 hours into the flight, we begin to prepare for arrival. The A’s left at noon Pacific Time on Thursday. The A’s will land in Tokyo after 4pm on Friday.

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After making their way through customs…

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…the A’s are met with a wall of media cameras and a large group of baseball fans.

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Upon arrival to the hotel, the team receives hotel keys and information…

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…plus a dinner that includes hamburgers and fries.

As Oakland wakes up this morning, the A’s head to bed in Tokyo.

2 Comments

Reblogged this on Write a blog on a log, Sam I am and commented:
Pretty sweet stuff here!

Cool blog…looking forward to more stories and update from Japan. I was in Tokyo for the games in 2008 and had a blast…wish I could be there this time! This long-time A’s fan will be watching on mlb.tv from Hanoi, Vietnam (where I’m living now), wearing Green and Gold. Go A’s!

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