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Some News and Notes on the Chiba Lotte Marines – Shame on the Lotte Oendan

by on Sep.28, 2009 @ 4:09 am, under NPB
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I thought I'd list out a few interesting bits of news regarding the Marines over the last couple of days.

- Bobby Valentine handed out this message card to fans at the game against the Buffaloes on the 26th.

Bobby Valentine Note (Sanspo)

Bobby Valentine Note (Sanspo)

- Tsuyoshi Nishioka apparently wasn't too happy about the fans in right field and the banners they held up on Saturday.

Banners out in right (Sanspo)

Banners out in right (Sanspo)

The worst banner is that small one you see.

瀬戸山、石川、米田 全員死刑

which basically means:

Setoyama, Ishikawa, Yoneda - Death Penalty to all

And his hero interview at the end of the game where he basically asks the fans in right field to take down their banners for the game tomorrow.

He essentially said that the banners were largely inappropriate because it was taking away from all the hard work the players put in during the season and doesn't send the right message to the kids in the stands.

Honestly, I have to agree with Nishioka.  Why the fans in right field felt it was necessary to stoop down as low as the front office, I have no idea.  Frankly, it's a big disappointment.  They accomplished so much and then to turn around and pull something like this?

And in an awful show of showmanship, the fans in right field apparently felt it was necessary to put Nishioka down prior to his at bat on Sunday.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJw5_nJxX0Y

Are you kidding me?!

And here are some of the banners they held up:

Nishoka Banners (source: unknown)

Nishoka Banners (source: unknown)

祝110安打達成(笑)

Congrats on hit number 110 (smile)

西岡剛の正直しんどい

Nishioka Tsuyoshi's honesty is a drag

二日酔いで談合・サボリ 夢を語るスピードスター

Missing a conference because of a hangover -- the Speed Stars speaks of dreams

今日も狙って!!

Hit one this way again!!

よ!偽善者

What's up, hypocrite!

Gee, what class.

It's very disheartening to see the Lotte Oendan doing something like this.

(If someone from the Lotte Oendan would care to explain their side of the story, please, feel free.)

Ok, enough about that, I'll get off my soapbox now.

- Benny Agbayani hit a solo homer in the bottom of the 2nd in Sunday's game against the Orix Buffaloes.  As he rounded the bases and headed back toward the dugout, it was announced that the at bat was his last as  a Marine.