Friday, March 13, 2009

Saitou Yuuki is even bigger than I thought...

Whatever you may say about the "Handkerchief Prince" - that's he's the greatest thing since sliced bread, or the most over-hyped prospect in Japanese baseball - there's no doubt that he has made a permanent impression on high school baseball. And after discovering this little nugget while going through the Fall Tournaments, it just gets bigger.

After the unbelievable 2006 Summer tournament where Saitou and Tanaka Masahiro went toe-to-toe for 24 innings over 2 days, they faced each other again on October 4th. Waseda would win the rematch 1-0. The broadcast of the match-up drew record ratings.

As a memorial to the battle between the two, the city of Takasago, Hyogo-ken applied to have it's stadium renamed. And on October 8th, 2007 the name was officially added:

"ハンカチメモリアルスタジアム" or Handkerchief Memorial Stadium

No joke. See the wiki article and the official release by the Takasako City website. (Both in Japanese)

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