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:
BIGBOSS Tsuyoshi Shinjo flew into the Nipponham Fighters' home opener on a WHOLE HOVERCRAFT because of course he did. pic.twitter.com/5TuCYQSBdi
— Infield Fly Girl (@infieldflygrl) March 29, 2022
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.
Today is Opening Day in Japan ⚾️
Here's how the Nippon Ham Fighters' new manager, Tsuyoshi 'Big Boss' Shinjo, entered his first game: pic.twitter.com/9lTJU5iVDv
— Front Office Sports (@FOS) March 25, 2022