All postseason games in the ‘home garden’… Hanshin Tigers’ chance to win

The Japanese professional baseball Hanshin Tigers are attempting to win the championship for the first time in 38 years. We were lucky enough to play all postseason (PS) games at home.

The Hanshin Tigers will face the Orix Buffaloes in the Japan Series (JS, 4 wins out of 7) starting on the 28th. Hanshin, who won the Central League championship, easily advanced to the Japan Series with three consecutive wins against the Hiroshima Carp in the Climax Series (CS) final stage. Orix, who reached the top of the Pacific League for three consecutive years, advanced to the Japan Series with 4 wins and 1 loss against the Chiba Lotte Marines.스포츠토토

The two teams are based in the Kansai region, including Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto. Hanshin was founded under the name Osaka Tigers. Later, the team name was changed to Hanshin Tigers, taking one letter from the place names of Osaka (大阪) and Kobe (神戶). The Orix Buffaloes are a team that was merged in 2005 by the Orix Blue Wave, based in Kobe, and the Kintetsu Buffaloes, based in Osaka.

It has been 59 years since teams from the Kansai region played a Japan Series. In 1964, Hanshin and Nankai Hawks (predecessor of Softbank) faced each other. Nankai was based in Osaka until it moved to Fukuoka in 1989. Naturally, fans in the Osaka and Kansai regions were filled with excitement. Tickets for the Japanese series are already selling for more than 10 times the price.

Hanshin, who met Oryx in the Japanese series, is smiling inwardly. This is because all postseason games this year will be played at home. Hanshin’s home stadium is Koshien Stadium located in Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture. However, when high school baseball competitions are held in the spring and summer, Orix’s home stadium, Osaka Kyocera Dome, is used as the second stadium. This year, 9 games, including exhibition games, were played at Kyocera Dome.

Hanshin won all three games at Koshien Stadium in the Climax Series final stage with the privilege of being the first-place team. In the Japan Series, Hanshin will play games 3, 4, and 5 at Koshien, the first stadium, and games 1, 2, 6, and 7 at Kyocera Dome, the second stadium. Hanshin is also popular in Osaka. It is expected that the team will receive support from home fans throughout the seven games. It was a golden opportunity for Hanshin, which had not won the Japan Series since 1985