It is apparently tradition at many Japanese baseball games to release balloons during the seventh inning. During today’s near sell out between the Hanshin Tigers vs Tokyo Giants, the crowd did just that. It’s a pretty awesome visual as tens of thousands of balloons shoot through the sky at the same time.
National Geographic’s Andrew Evans who you can follow on twitter @WheresAndrew documents his journey to Japan and his visit to the Saitawa Seibug Lions vs Tohoko Rakuten Golden Eagles baseball game. It’s pretty cool. Evans does a great job of highlighting the similarities of the Japanese baseball fan experience to that of the American version and shows how baseball helps as a moral boost following the devastating earthquake earlier this year. There are some great clips of the awesome cheers that go on during each game as well as a look at the beer girls who go around the stadium with a keg of beer on their back.