On April 25, 2012 at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo (d'uh) Japan, the ceremonial first pitch was thrown by someone who ended up killing everyone in the stadium.
Dead. All 40,000 of them. Ballplayers from both teams, too. The umpires survived because they were blind and were thus prevented from the horror.
Wondering just what the hell is going on? I don't. I've seen it before. In the last century!
That wild-haired relative of Cousin Itt is the creepshow known as Sadako.
Maybe you recognize her when she crawled out of a television screen and then drowned her victim.
She is the horror from the horror movie, The Ring (made in the US in 2002) or the original Ringu (Japanese movie made in 1998). She is supposed to be a yūrei, a type of Japanese ghost. The concept has also been used in the scary Japanese horror flicks Ju-on (the US remake The Grudge), One Missed Call, and Dark Water.
Great freaking horror movie (Ringu) and you should watch it if you want a good scare... but what the fug?
This opening pitch was played for laughs (few in the audience at the Dome were laughing, however), what with her flopping like she was dead and wearing cleats...
What the hell does this have to do with baseball or a charity or something of historical importance - which is pretty much the only way you get to toss out a pitch in the MLB (Major League Baseball).
If they tried to pull that stunt here in North America, we would boo them right off the field. Besides... the movie is from 14 years ago! How is this relevant to 2012? Is it coming out on a new director's cut and slash DVD set?
I don't know, and I don't care.
Funny stuff, yes... and it makes me want to watch the movie again... but this is baseball. It makes me want to cry, but there is no crying in baseball.
Personally, I think the PR people who thought this stunt up went to the well once too often.
By the way, I think she threw an ectoplasm ball, aka a curve.