It is interesting to see how sporting events differ in Japan compared to the United States. One thing I found interesting at the game was each player had their "own song" that people sang when up to bat. People were constantly cheering and singing, similar to when we attended the Vissel Kobe soccer game.
Another thing different was "7th inning stretch". During the 7th inning there is no crazy chicken, no "take me out to buy peanuts and cracker jacks". Rather, there is a celebration which ends with the release of balloons. Everyone gets to let off these funny-shaped balloons because the Japanese are so friendly they will give the foreigners without a balloon one to let go. Oddly I find releasing thousands of sperm-shaped balloons during a baseball game not so strange after living here for so long.
The other aspect I find pretty cool about going to a baseball game here is the ability to bring in your own food and drinks. It is similar to going to a NASCAR race in the United States, but without the people watching. However for those who do not stop at the nearby convenient store to grab onigiri or fried potatoes, there is stuff for sale at the concession stand. Please be warned, there is not a single nacho, stadium hot dog or cotton candy on the menu. Only yummy choices like fish on a stick or soba noodles can be found. No matter what you may choose to eat, one can wash it down with an ice cold beer, served from a backpack keg.
Sadly it rained for most of the game, but it didn't stop us from having a good time. Go Hanshin Tigers!