Last Saturday the Carp beat the Giants at the Tokyo Dome to become the CENTRAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS for the first time in 25 years! The Carp are the 2nd fastest team in NPB history to clinch first place in their respective league! How cool, right? For those of you back home, the Giants are in 2nd place and our Magic number had been based around our wins and their losses, so to beat them at their home to clinch the championship was pretty awesome! I have a million pictures so I apologize in advance, but it was such a fun and exciting night!
It is a tradition to toss the coach in the air seven times once you win the championship. This year they also tossed our two long time players Kuroda & Arai. Kuroda came back from playing in the states last year, (he played several years for the Dodgers and Yankees), because he had promised the Carp fans he would finish out his career back home in Hiroshima. What an awesome way to end!
Instead of having a beer shower at the stadium they had it all ready at the hotel where the team was staying. In Japan, you do not have the shower in the locker room, they have everything prepped and covered in a different location. The Carp organization is very accommodating and let us wives come down and watch the craziness.
Everyone is ready for the beer shower celebration. Yes, Kris has a water gun full of beer, every man’s dream. The guys would get pulled away for interviews then interrupted with beer thrown all over their faces, those reporters were drenched! Nothing like a loving beer soaked hug.
After the team was all done and had left to go shower, and the news people were packing up their equipment, I wanted to take a picture with Kris in front of the championship sign. After being splattered with beer and hugged by your husband you don’t really want people taking your picture, so I waited until the end so no one would notice us…ha wrong! It was on live TV…fail on my part!
After all this was over, about 12:30AM, Kris had live TV interviews until 2AM. It was fun to stand behind the scenes and watch! It was a night to remember! The Carp have had a great season and they are not done yet!
Once we got back to Hiroshima we spent our off day walking around the city and seeing all the new Carp signs and memorabilia people had told us about. I don’t think I will ever get use to seeing my husband’s face on a building or magazine.
Thanks for stopping by and reading this super long post! 🙂