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The Home Run Kings

What a thrill the opening ceremony was watching all-time Major League home run champion Hank Aaron walk arm-in-arm with, and be handed the ceremonial first pitch ball by, the all-time Japan home run champion and 2006 Japanese manager, Sadaharu Oh. Hank delivered the first pitch to the Cuban catcher, Ariel Pestano, a veteran of international play and one of the key components of Cuba’s incredible run in the tournament.

Cuba Fans

The crowds were a big part of the story at the World Baseball Classic. Here is a group of fans of the Cuban team at the final in San Diego.

Foursome

On the field before Game 1 of the first round in Tokyo, from left to right: John McHale Jr., me, Tommy Lasorda and Peter O’Malley.

Tokyo Dome

Site of the first-round games for Pool A teams China, Chinese Taipei, Japan and Korea.

Paul and Me

Inside the Tokyo Dome with Paul Archey, our Senior Vice President for International Business and organizer of the World Baseball Classic.

Ambassador & Mrs. Schieffer

A real highlight of the trip was breakfast at the United States Embasssy, hosted by Ambassador J. Thomas Schieffer and Mrs. Susanne Schieffer.

Lou Gehrig Glove

I blogged about this Mizuno glove that Ambassador Schieffer keeps on display at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. It was presented to Lou Gehrig during a 1934 barnstorming tour.

Behind the scenes at the World Baseball Classic

This has been a March unlike any other around baseball. Here are some photos from my experience throughout the inaugural World Baseball Classic.