Yesterday, we got off to a great start beating Nippon Professional Baseball, 3-2, in an exciting game. Jermaine Dye hit a monster two-run home run and John Lackey, John Maine Scot Shields and Joe Nathan combined to hold down their hitters. After Jermaine’s home run, he was greeted at home plate by two little children with flowers — instead of boos! It was an electric atmosphere, including the ceremonial first pitch being thrown out by the Prime Minister of Japan I was very impressed by the Japanese All-Stars and I expect that the games will certainly not get any easier. Bronson Arroyo will start today followed by Chris Capuano and hopefully we can pull out another win as we continue the series.
A trip to Japan would not be complete without a little — or a lot — of pearl shopping. Yesterday, we ventured out via subway to Roppongi to Yonamine’s PearlShop. Wally Yonamine was a former football player for the San Francisco49ers, who then came to Japan and played professional baseball before an injury ended his career. He and his wife, Jane, then opened a small pearl store in Roppongi. It was a very impressive experience in a small store, where the walls are covered with pictures and autographs from baseball players, actors and even Presidents. It was amazing to see photos and signatures of Joe DiMaggio, Warren Spahn, Roger Clemens, Jodi Foster, Hillary Clinton and Ronald Reagan to name a few. Needless to say, it was a fun experience and we completed most of our Christmas shopping. Mom, I hope you like pearls!