March 26: Oakland Athletics vs. Hanshin Tigers
Monday afternoon in Tokyo the A’s played an exhibition against the Hanshin Tigers, another of Japan’s popular professional baseball teams. The Tigers defeated the A’s 12-6. Check out the highlights and extras below.
Back to the Tokyo Dome, the grounds crew looks on before the start of the game.
The scoreboard with today’s lineups.
A young fans shows off his Cliff Pennington autographed baseball.
A home run helped the Tigers jump out to a lead.
And close plays at the plate extended that lead.
The A’s battled back, assisted by Kurt Suzuki’s second home run in as many games.
Tigers’ fans are very vocal throughout the game.
A pop up to second base completes the win for Hanshin.
A tidbit from the Tigers, in the game was a player wearing 00…
…and a player wearing 0.
Speaking of 00, the Tigers’ mascot wants to see if Stomper will hang out.
But not before he performs some backflips first.
Stomper makes many friends at the Tokyo Dome.
Stomper says hello to Farhan Zaidi, A’s Director of Baseball Operations.
Stomper and Chris Townsend of 95.7 FM The Game share a hug and pose for Chris’ camera.
At the end of the exhibition game, A’s General Manager Billy Beane is interviewed by Comcast SportsNet California. The next game counts as the A’s open the Major League Baseball season Wednesday, March 28 against the Seattle Mariners at the Tokyo Dome!