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Senichi Hoshino wants to play a No Drum, No Oenka game

by on Mar.04, 2011 @ 11:01 am, under NPB

Senichi Hoshino told reporters yesterday that he'd like to play a game at Kleenex Stadium without any drums and without any Oenka (cheer songs).

Hoshino - "Maybe there can be one game a year where the fans can just enjoy a regular game of baseball.  Coming out to the park to cheer for the team can be great, but [without that] you'd really be able to hear the crack the bat and the sound of popping gloves.  That's what's great about the Majors.  I'm thinking about submitting this as a proposal to the club."

The Eagles' appear to be interested in the possibility of playing a game without any drums or Oenka, but they'll first need to speak to their Oendan and the Oendan for the visiting team.

FYI: musical instruments are banned at Kleenex Stadium, but Oendan's are allowed to take charge of the cheers by using a drum.

2 comments on “Senichi Hoshino wants to play a No Drum, No Oenka game

  1. bbdad

    Very interesting…I wonder how the other teams will react?? I haven’t ever attended a NPB game, buy I have watched on video and it does seem a bit annoying…but tradition is hard to change…should be interesting..I predict this will not happen, at least with any regularity. Gen, your reaction??

    1. Gen Post author

      At the risk of being slammed by some Japanese baseball purists, I’ll say that this actually isn’t a bad idea.

      I mean, it’s just one game. And if it doesn’t go well, you just don’t do it again next year.

      One thing though: if the Eagles are going to do this, they may as well go all the way and do other things like play more music (organ and rally music). Just because fans in the US don’t collectively break out in cheer songs for their players doesn’t mean the atmosphere is just the sounds of the back cracking or the sounds of the ball popping the gloves.

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