Mammorable Ceremonial First Pitch – Japanese Baseball
No, this is not the front cover of an issue of a big & bouncy titty magazine in Japan. It is bikini idol Aki Hoshino is throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at a Japanese baseball match. The game was the Yokohama BayStars-Hanshin Tigers game on May 7th, 2006 at Yokohama Stadium. Thank you angrygaijin for your piece on the birth of Japanese baseball that paid tribute to this moment in sporting history.
Aki Hoshino 「ほしのあき」
Aki Hoshino 「ほしのあき」 is one of the most recognisable glamour models in Japan. With an angelic baby face, and known as The Angel of Japan, she was born in Tokyo on born March 14, 1977. Aki Hoshino has appeared in various Japanese TV shows, TV dramas and men’s magazines such as Sabra. She married horse racing jockey Kōsei Miura 「三浦 皇成」 on September 25, 2011. Following is a clip of that mammorable ceremonial first pitch:
Ceremonial First Pitch
The ceremonial first ball is a longstanding ritual of American baseball in which a guest of honor throws a ball to mark the end of pregame festivities and the start of the game. The guest usually throws the ball from the pitcher’s mound towards the home plate. The recipient of the pitch is usually a player from the home team.
You can even get a collectors card to savour the moment:
Mariah Carey’s Ceremonial First Pitch Fail
Diva Mariah Carey threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a Yomiuri Giants game before the team took on the Rakuten Golden Eagles at the Tokyo Dome in 2008. The singer was in Japan for the first leg of her concert tour. She donned super-high heels and a pink satin jacket for her toss to the Giants’ Marc Kroon. Unfortunately, Mimi couldn’t manage to get the ball much more than a few feet past the pitcher’s mound. It’s a good thing they were in Japan, where the fans are too polite to boo.