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Japan's cheering section, complete with trumpets and whistles, tries to make things as normal as possible

Japan's cheering section, complete with trumpets and whistles, tries to make things as normal as possible

The drum, the trumpets, the whistles, the chants, they started coming from the left field pavilion at Dodger Stadium as Tetsuto Yamada walked from the on-deck circle to the batter’s box in the first inning.

“Katto-base Ya-ma-da!”

Loosely translated: Smash it, Yamada.

The Japanese players were seranaded like this for each of their at-bats in a 2-1 defeat to the United States in the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic.

Every at-bat. Every inning.

“In Japan, this type of cheering is standard,” Yoshihide Kubo said in Japanese. “We want the players on Samurai Japan to be able to play games in as normal conditions as possible.”

Kubo was the leader of the...

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