As the team holds an afternoon workout at the Tokyo Dome, many A’s front office and family members head outside Tokyo for a day trip to the south-eastern area of Hakone.
A ropeway travels up a mountain to get a better view.
The Cotroneos pose for a photo at the top of the mountain. The fog behind them is actually steam, a result of volcanic activity.
While waiting for the trek down the mountain, you can play Whack-An-Alligator, similar to Whack-A-Mole.
Down the mountain, people fish in the large lake.
Lunchtime! Squid, fish, or corn are available options at this grill stand.
A closer look at the meal options.
Amanda McCarthy decides to make a purchase…
…and offers 95.7 FM The Game’s Chris Townsend a bite.
The A’s board a boat and Townsend poses with the pirate captain.
Lakeside sights are seen, including this gateway.
The “captain” looks on as the scenery passes.
It’s been a cold winter, the guide tells us, so blossoms are a little late this year.
Previously covered in fog, Mt. Fuji finally makes a majestic appearance. Amazing!
Later in the evening, Wes Timmons and Collin Cowgill sing a song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers at Fiesta International Karaoke Bar. Brandon Allen and Josh Reddick root them on.
Finally, we picked up a set of 3 Way Mini Chopsticks, one of a handful of items from Japan that Kara will give away at the Opening Weekend games of April 6 & 7.
Tomorrow, let the games begins! The A’s play the Yomiuri Giants at the Tokyo Dome.