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Sanspo: Foreign players surprised about the Japanese way

by on Feb.21, 2012 @ 1:49 am, under NPB

Sanspo posted an interesting article on Monday that briefly discusses some of the changes foreign players are adjusting to during spring camp.

What to do about food (Yakult Swallows)

Lastings Milledge apparently is not a huge fan of rice or noodles and is having a hard time finding things he can eat at the team cafeteria.  He does like yakiniku and has gone out to eat some with teammate Wladimir Balentien on a number of occasions.  Orlando Roman used to Asian dishes and will eat pretty much eat anything that he is served.  He has even given raw horse meat a try.

Why walk to the stadium (Nippon Ham Fighters)

Bobby Keppel is not quite sure why Japanese players change into their uniforms at the team hotel and then head to the stadium on foot.  Players in the US usually drive to the stadium and then change into their uniforms.

At Nago camp, the players take the national road by foot from the hotel to the stadium.

So many staff members (Seibu Lions)

Chris Carter likes how supportive everyone on the team is because it makes him feel like he belongs and because it makes him feel positive about things.  He also likes how his teammates ask him how he is doing, especially since this is his first year.