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Watch this Japanese baseball manager enter the game on a hovercraft

Tsuyoshi "Big Boss" Shinjo made his managerial debut for the Nippon-Ham Fighters in futuristic style.

This picture taken on March 29, 2022 shows Tsuyoshi Shinjo, the newly appointed manager of the Hokka...
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Japan has once again proved the world has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to sporting event entertainment: Tsuyoshi “Big Boss” Shinjo made his managerial debut this week with the Hokaiddo Nippon-Ham Fighters aboard an actual hovercraft.

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The hovercraft in question was an Xturismo, made by A.L.I Technologies, and is capable of reaching speeds of up to 60 mph. The vehicle can fly for 30 to 40 minutes at a time.

The list of MLB managers that could pull this off as gracefully is very short...Farm To Fame

The ceremony of sorts was Big Boss’s first regular-season game at home at the Sapporo Dome as the Nippon-Ham Fighter’s manager. Unfortunately, his team lost to the Saitama Seibu Lions 4-0, but this game will be remembered for the pre-game theatrics rather than the result.

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On top of the hoverboard theatrics, Big Boss also pulled a bait and switch during the inaugural first pitch. Jason Coskrey


The cost of an Xturismo Hovercraft


If anything, some theatrics make tuning into the Nippon-Ham Fighters season more enticing — who knows what else Big Boss has up his sleeve.

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