America has been SLACKING in the case of nice sport entrances. Hell, we nonetheless venerate the 90s Bulls as having the best of all time — and whereas that was wonderful, Japan is on a complete different degree.
Friday marked opening day within the NPB, and with it the debut of Tsuyoshi Shinjo because the supervisor of the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters. Effectively, that’s not solely correct, as a result of he’s not a supervisor — he’s BIG BOSS.
Wheeled onto the sector inside a field, Shinjo emerged from a plume of smoke sporting a light-weight up “BIG BOSS” jersey flashing for all to see. Not even the opposing Softbank Hawks might cease from smiling, in awe of the Boss in all his glory.
It’s been 20 years since Tsuyoshi Shinjo debuted in MLB, turning into the primary Japanese-born participant to compete within the World Collection for the Mets. After a 3 12 months profession within the U.S. he returned to Japan an icon, the place he performed till 200t with the Ham-Fighters. Now, he’s again as Massive Boss — and the world shouldn’t be ready.
Tsuyoshi Shinjo, earlier than his first regular-season recreation as supervisor, stood within the field for the primary pitch ceremony, then caught the ball and ran to the mound to present it to the primary pitcher. We’re within the Massive Boss Period. pic.twitter.com/KUtUcmbwRZ
— Jason Coskrey (@JCoskrey) March 25, 2022
Massive Boss vitality is throughout us. We will solely hope to harness a few of its brilliance.