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This Japanese Closer Enters Games in a Convertible And the Fans LOVE It

Funny and Happy

Most professional closers in leagues around the world have their own walk-up music or tradition for entering games. But exactly zero come onto the field in a more bada** way than Yokohama DeNA BayStars’ closer Yasuaki Yamasaki.


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Yep – that’s (then) 22-year-old closer Yasuaki Yamasaki entering a ballgame via convertible back in 2015. And if my Google Translate skills are still sharp, he went on to record his 32nd save of the season that night (37 by the end of the year).

This season, Yamasaki, now 24, already has 8 saves and a stellar 1.20 ERA through 30.0 innings pitched. And hey, if you’re that good … maybe you can enter games however you want.


Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami writes about MLB at Baseball Is Fun. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami.