We just got done playing our first exhibition game here, against the Yomiuri Giants, and it was pretty crazy. The fans here are awesome.
It was weird because you could hear a pin drop when we were batting, but when they were up, the place was going nuts. Chants and songs and horns and everything. But only for them. For us, it was so quiet, and I didn’t expect that because I cheated today and watched some games on TV at the hotel.
In the games I saw, there was noise for both teams, but I guess that’s because when two Japanese teams play, both teams have fans there. We have a few fans here, but obviously not many. I heard a couple “Let’s go, Oakland!” chants behind the dugout, but that was it. It’ll be interesting to see if it’s the same — or more lopsided — when we play the Red Sox.
Batting practice was pretty wild, too. They had two batting cages going at once and a big screen set up in center field for the pitchers to work behind. Never seen anything like that before, for sure.
I’m glad I get to see all this now, before I pitch. Just knowing that there’s going to be a lot of different kinds of noise than I’m used to hearing should help. I’m not sure how much, because I’ve never really been much for paying attention to what’s going on in the stands when I’m pitching anyway, but it has to help somehow, right?
I wish I had some great story to tell you about what I did with my day before the game, but I don’t. I stayed in the hotel and slept as much as I could. I just didn’t want to get out from under the covers.
Sorry about that. I promise I’ll have better stories later in the week.