The boys are back in the game – they beat Softbank tonight 5-4. And the best part? They are coming home to Chiba Friday night to Marine Stadium.
I did a little reading to see what special treats the franchise may be offering that night. It turns out that they will be handing out flags with the words “A Passion for Our Dream A Commitment to The Flag 〜夢に情熱を、フラッグに誓を〜,” the Marines “M,” a seagull and 2008. You can only get them on opening night – they won’t be selling them in the stores so if you want the flag, come pick it up at the game. and… drum roll please… a Bobby Valentine pin for Team 26 members!
I hope I get one! I signed up for Team 26 but only last week… It’s mostly because they wouldn’t let me spell my name in English. When I was filling out the forms online, they asked for my name: マリン , my name in furigana: マリン , and then my name in roman letters. So now my name reads MARIN (not how you spell my name at all – but now I am only one letter short of spelling my name like the stadium in English). I bet you I am the only Team 26 member with a name that matches the stadium 🙂
Ahh… back to the perks. They will be a “flag ceremony” (where “Bobby, the team, the fans and Chiba will all become one” according to the pamphlet), fireworks, and the unveiling of the “Ribbon Vision”!! It’s the longest in all of Asia at 296m long. See, Marine Stadium just gets better and better each year.
p.s. This picture is for you Kyle! You better get over to this side of the Pacific ASAP.