Prior to Tuesday's game against the Seibu Lions, Tsuyoshi Nisioka approached the Seibu Lions' bench and apologized to Hisanobu Watanabe (Seibu manager) in advance for any problems that might occur during his at bat in the first inning.
I didn't want to ruin the atmosphere during such an important time.
But nothing happened during his at bat in the first inning. In fact, the fans in right cheered for him.
When I heard them cheering for me, I was really moved. I was already prepared to leave the park if something were to happen. I even spoke to Bobby Valentine about it.
I don't really have a point for posting this, other than the fact that I found it a little interesting that he seriously thought the fans would follow him into the Seibu Dome and heckle him so badly, or cause riots out in the stands, that he would actually have to leave the park.
While I can sort of understand the concern (no one wants a riot), his concerns and actions seem a little over the top. As far as I know, the fans out in right didn't boo Tsuyoshi after each of his at bats on Sunday, just the first at bat.
And while I've only read a handful of the thousands of comments posted at his personal blog, it doesn't seem to me like people are out to get him (unless all the negative comments have been deleted). In fact, most of the comments appear to be supportive and positive.
If we are to assume that Tsuyoshi is a prima donna worried only about his image, then a move like this makes complete sense.
And if he was really concerned, I'm guessing he could have kept the fact that he approached Watanabe prior to the game under wraps -- is there really a need for the public to know that he apologized to Watanabe in advance? But the fact that this made it to the sports dailies leads me to believe that he wanted everyone to know what he did.
Unfortunately, this move probably only makes the fans that hate, hate him even more. After all, his apology only undermines the intelligence of the fans out in right.
Ok, I'll stop now before I ramble and rant this topic into oblivion...
If anyone else has any thoughts or comments to add, please feel free. As always, I'm very interested in hearing what other think.