May 27, 2006

Far From Fenway, Part 2

It seems that followers of JoS outside of North America are a taciturn bunch, because I received only two emails to my request for info about how fans far from Fenway follow the team. (My long-time reader(s) in Venezuela is keeping quiet.) ... Here's a bit of their responses:

I have been based in the Tokyo area for many years and so was more in touch with Japanese pro ball for quite some time. There is very little understanding of the actual quality of ball that is played in domestic pro leagues in Asia (Korea & Taiwan especially).

Starting with the pioneer, Hideo Nomo, however, there has been a steady parade of Japanese players making it big in the States, so in Japan we now get tons of MLB news on local TV. In fact, the public station, NHK, now devotes a 45-minute newscap to MLB every night at 12:15. Granted, the news is limited to almost entirely the Yankees (Matsui), the Mets ('little' Matsui), the White Sox (Iguchi), the Mariners (Ichiro), the Cardinals (Taguchi), Texas (Ohtsuka), and now the Dodgers (Saito).

Games are also broadcast live in the morning here, but again usually it is Yankees and Mariners games. When NY and Seattle play Boston, then I get to see the games live (or record them for viewing in the evening).
I can only claim 6 time zones (I'm in Paris), but, as is the case for almost every other displaced Sox fan, the Internet allows me to follow the Sox. Although I can't claim to match the 12 time zones that others put up with, I would venture to suggest that being 5 or 6 hours ahead of the U.S. is pretty much the worst time-zone to be in, because about 90% of Red Sox games are at 1, 2 or 4 in the morning, which makes watching live games a major operation. It *can* be done fairly regularly, but you need to be able to survive on a few hours sleep ...

The Internet is a great thing. It has allowed me to connect - both virtually and subsequently in real life - with people I would never otherwise have come across and made me feel - despite being an English guy living 4,000 miles from Fenway - part of Red Sox Nation.
Daryl (Singapore Sox Fan) commented in the original post: "You just get used to having games start at 7.05am, just before one heads to work."


Yaz-Tex said...

As the ex-pat members of the Nation weighed in from Europe and Asia, respectively, is there anything greater than traveling abroad and encountering a stranger wearing a Sox lid in some far-flung foreign city?

The obligatory, quick jut of the chin followed by a quick "Go Sox" can quickly determine of the wearer of said chapeau is a member of the faithful, or simply a poseur who picked out the lid because it matched his/her outfit. I encountered the latter species on the streets of St. Andrews, Scotland last week, and the kid looked at me like I was talking in tongues. Well, maybe I was given the hour of the evening....

Better yet is meeting a kid who professes to be a Sox fan, and watching the look on his face when I give him the cap off my head.

In doing so, one comes away feeling like a modern day Johnny Appleseed, planting a crop of New Eras here and far that are bound to bear fruit for years to come.

Iain said...

Better yet is meeting a kid who professes to be a Sox fan, and watching the look on his face when I give him the cap off my head.

Love that idea :-)

redsock said...

I saw a handful of Red Sox caps in Peru (I was wearing one). More MFY caps (though not all that many) and a few Dodgers.

More for sun protection or just to wear, I assume. Not a real baseball country.