Playing in a raucous environment in a nearly sold-out Tokyo Dome, the Mariners dropped a 5-1 decision to the Hanshin Tigers of Japan’s Central League in a Sunday exhibition that kicked off their Opening Series week.
While the Mariners lost the game, they came away impressed with the enthusiasm of the 42,137 fans, who chanted and sang through every at-bat by Hanshin players.
“It was awesome,” said Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders. “It felt like a European soccer game. They’re extremely enthusiastic. It’s good baseball, obviously, and they have a lot of passion and pride in the game. I had a really fun time.”
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