I ask for healthy support” ‘unusual’ notice in Tokyo Dome, what happened between Hanshin and Yomiuri

A notice that was not normally displayed appeared on the Tokyo Dome electronic board ahead of the Japanese professional baseball’s best rivalry. It was a message asking the spectators of both teams to ‘observe the spectator manners’.

Japanese sports media outlets, such as Sankei Sports, reported on the notice of ‘observe the manners of watching’ that appeared at the Tokyo Dome on the 25th.

On the electronic board, “Your enthusiastic support is a very strong encouragement to the playing team and players. Unfortunately, however, recently, some fans at the stadium have been found to be slanderous, excessive booing, etc. .Please refrain from such actions while watching the game. I sincerely ask that you create an environment where everyone can enjoy and comfortably watch the game so that you can encourage the team and players with healthy cheering.” This message was posted under the names of Yomiuri, Hanshin and NPB.

It started with a confrontation between the two teams in July. In the game on the 1st, Yomiuri pitcher Yuhei Takanashi threw a ball that hit Hanshin Koji Jikamoto, and Jikamoto suffered a fracture. Takanashi visited Chikamoto on the 2nd and conveyed his apology. The problem between the two players was thus resolved.안전놀이터

However, the anger of Hanshin fans did not subside. When Takanashi appeared in the game on the 8th of this month, he protested with a group booing. The booing was so loud that it interfered with the progress of the game. As Hanshin fans shouted “Go back!”, Yomiuri fans shouted Takanashi’s name and counterattacked, further throwing the Tokyo Dome into chaos.

Two weeks later, on the 25th, Hanshin went on an expedition to the Tokyo Dome again. The Yomiuri club posted a message emphasizing ‘cheering manners’ on a large electronic display board, saying, “To those who are watching the game, please observe the manners.”

Tokyo Sports, a sports media outlet, pointed out that “recently, slander against players has emerged as a big problem in the sports world.”

Meanwhile, as of the 24th, Hanshin has 67 wins, 4 draws and 41 losses, leading the team by 7.5 games ahead of second place Hiroshima Carp. The magic number is 23 left. With 56 wins, 1 draw and 54 losses, Yomiuri will challenge to advance to the postseason by finishing 3rd, 0.5 games ahead of DeNA Baystars.

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