"Big Boss" Flew into the Nippon-Ham Fighters Home Opener on a Literal HOVERCRAFT

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“Big Boss” Flew into the Nippon-Ham Fighters Home Opener on a Literal HOVERCRAFT

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Opening Day is right around the corner here in the states, but the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of the NPB had a wild scene take place ahead of their home opener, when Tsuyoshi “Big Boss” Shinjo flew into the ballpark on a hovercraft complete with a laser show in the background.

I mean, my LORD this is awesome:

Also … apparently we have hovercrafts now?

Tsuyoshi Shinjo played three seasons for the Mets and the Giants between 2001-03, compiling a .669 career OPS. And in 2002, became the first Japanese-born player to appear in the World Series.

Last October, Shinjo was hired to be the manager of the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters and has since *officially* changed his name in the Japanese League to Big Boss. Big Boss made another memorable entrance to the Fighters’ season-opener against the Softbank Hawks last week as well, emerging from a smoking box with a personalized Big Boss jersey that lit up.

I love this guy.



Author: Patrick K. Flowers

Patrick is a Staff Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @PatrickKFlowers.