Japan League’s ‘Opening Catch’ In Wedding Dress

Among the Rites of Spring for me is relentless attacks on my inbox from minor league baseball teams touting lame-o promotions. Having worked in minor league baseball myself, I thought by now that every possible cultural reference had been expended in an attempts to drum up artificial interest in a baseball game.

Sayaka Isoyama wedding dress 1st pitch photos

(GREAT HONOR)

But then I forgot about the women populating the only other industry more effective at extracting publicity from, well, nothing: Japanese Gravure Idols.

Gravure idols are Japan’s version of Hooters Girls, without being on Dick Vitale’s christmas card list. The “idols” typically start off as bikini models for men’s mags and videos. Often, they can build a reasonably large in-country profile, but the shelf-life of of a Japanese Idol’s legitimate career is usually short, with many turning to, you guessed it, porn.

Sayaka Isoyama wedding dress 1st pitch photos

26-year-old “idol” Sayaka Isoyama is one of the exceptions, thanks to her extreme penchant for publicity. At a Japanese Baseball League game on Saturday, Isoyama took part in the first pitch ceremony as the catcher while wearing a wedding dress. After sighting a sign between Isoyama’s legs, Chiba Lotte Marines outfielder Takashi Ogino unleashed a fastball right down the co .. er .. never mind.

There was no sponsorship involved, just Isoyama continuing to flog one of her recent publicity themes in which she pretends to attempt to find a man to marry. Seriously.

And you just knew she had to blog about it!

Sayaka Isoyama wedding dress 1st pitch photos

From Isoyama’s website, which also includes such handy information as her blood type:

Here’s the delightful translation of her blog post about the experience. “Subordinate” is a Japanese cultural reference to the woman’s role in marriage. (Don’t shoot the messenger ladies!)

Safely
ー has played a subordinate role in the ceremonial first pitch! !

『A』 first professional baseball, ceremonial first pitch as a catcher.

ー was nervous mess

Before production is happy to practice seeing Lotte pitcher Naruse,

Ogino Takashi of the role players and pitchers to pitch you the bottom line is production, not production and sudden greeting.

Maybe I was worried about players Ogino Takashi.

Result

Could catch the ball properly! !

Now, I’m quite pleased with Nemashita.

To date, gave me so many people to cooperate.

Thanks to you, things could be successful the first ceremonial first pitch in professional baseball catcher ☆

Thank you.

Afterwards and students from the middle to me watching the game.

Today, now, live video smiling. Yo today through the ceremonial first pitch patterns.

If you’re wondering how our texts and abbreviated Facebook messages would translate to a Japanese person, that probably isn’t far off.

While Isoyama certainly wasn’t shy about her appearance, I still can’t imagine any of our own fake celebrities as a catcher in wedding-themed gear.

Except maybe Andy Dick.