Baseball is extremely popular here in Japan so I felt it necessary to go to a game and see what it was like. My first impression is wow, this is different. What hits you first is how loud the fans are. The bleachers have their own cheering sections completely full of fans wearing team colors, chanting, beating drums and playing horns; think something you might find at a Texas high school football game. The roar was loud for a simple base hit and deafening whenever a run was scored. It was a completely different experience to games in the States where most of the time you take in the sounds of the game.
The play was a bit different too; pitchers not throwing as hard and hitters not driving the ball as far. But as I mentioned before, the energy of the fans kept the game interesting throughout.
Another major difference were the gimmicks between innings which were reminiscent of a minor league stadiums. Mascots continually battled throughout the game, trying to best each other in a variety of strange contests. Another funny thing was that cheerleaders were also out every inning dancing.
I ended up going to two games, one Yakult Swallows game and then another at the Tokyo Dome to see the Yomiuri Giants, the Japanese equivalent to the Yankees. It was fun to see the different types of teams, fans and stadiums. Overall it was a great experience and was awesome to see how my favorite sport was played on the other side of the world.