Take Me Out to the Japanese Ballgame

By Rachel Louise Snyder |

Baseball is a quiet, disciplined game, and no nation adheres to a stricter honor code than Japan. When pitchers’ throws pass too closely to batters, they sweep off their caps and bow at the waist in apology. Some pitchers go easy on other teams’ stars to avoid upsetting fans. Bad-mouthing a manager or owner is unheard of. And each member of a team is expected to join in a personalized cheer (complete with live orchestration) of each of his teammates.

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