The international appeal of America’s pastime holds similar traditions no matter where the game of baseball is played. The ceremonial first pitch by a special guest precedes every Major League Baseball game; it is no different in Japan. Here in the U.S., a relevant celebrity would typically stand in front of the mound and lob the ball nowhere near home plate, this was not the case in Japan as some scary theatrics have gone viral, reaching the other side of the Pacific ocean yesterday.
Sadako, the ghoulish girl with hair in front of her face featured in “The Ring,” was invited to throw the first pitch before last week’s game between the Lions and Hawks. Three barefoot girls accompanied Sadako to the pitchers mound, staggering with their long black hair covering their faces wearing the same white nightgown.
Sadako went on to throw one of the best first pitches in the history of first pitches. With her hair still covering her face, she showed great form as she hurled a 64 mph pitch into the catcher’s mitt. Fans applauded the impressive throw as she collapsed to the grass and was carried off the field in a stretcher.
These kinds of theatrics may not ever be seen before a MLB game, but why not? Bill Murray rounding the bases before heading to the mound is equally time-consuming, why not go with something a little more creative?