The fans love Bobby. Here a man holds a Bobby 2010 flag and a clipboard full of signatures from fans wanting Bobby back in 2010. And this goes beyond just Chiba Lotte Marine fans.
Proof? I saw a number of fans wearing Chunichi Dragons jerseys signing the petition. (I now wish I had snapped a photo of that.)
These Chiba Lotte fans really are amazing. I can't even begin to imagine just how much time they spend working on these signs.
And this is so much more about Bobby now. IMHO, this is as much about Bobby as it is about respect for the fans and for the game.
Here's another view of the signs out in right field after the game.
Keep in mind, this is all happening after the hero interview, not before or during the game, but after the game. There are a couple of small signs that go up through out the length of the game, like the one below, but it seems as though they wait until after the game to display the larger ones.
The signs, from left to right, read:
"Every day in Chiba is Valentine's Day"
"We will fight for <3 now always behind you."
"We will fight with Bobby. We will make dreams come true with Bobby"
"Chiba Bobby Kingdom"
"26 <3 Bobby"
"Throw Bobby into the air. This year _____"
"Chiba Bobby Strikes Back"
An image of Bobby
"ボビー残留 Bobby 2010"
"Bobby Stays Bobby 2010"
"A Championship and a return"
"Bobby Marines イチバンデース"
"Bobby Marines, We're number 1"
"26 ALWAYS BEHIND BOBBY"
If anyone happens to know what the other signs say, drop me a line and post it in the comments section down below.
The sign above reads "Forever Chiba Marines."
I certainly hope so.
My "The Fans Love Bobby" Album