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I want some Atlanta Braves-branded Kattobashi

Dec 13, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

Chopsticks

More news that is not Cliff Lee-related:

Hundreds of baseball bats are broken by pro baseball players over the course of a season in the Nippon Professional Baseball league. The bits & pieces don’t go to waste, however, instead being reborn into cool chopsticks carrying NPB team names, colors and logos.

They’re called “Kattobashi,” a play on words from “KATTOBASE!!,” Japanese for “make a big hit” which is a term often heard (and heard often) at the ballpark. Also heard often is the crack of the bat – not only against the stitched horsehide sphere.

I don’t have much to say about this apart from “cool.”  Also, I want to know if Japanese newspapers include the price of Kattobashi chopsticks in the calculations for their bogus, trend-piece “what it costs to take a family to the ballpark” stories. You know, like the U.S. ones in which they include eight hot dogs, four large sodas, four boxes of popcorn, two replica jerseys, two giant foam “we’re number one!” fingers and tickets along the rail right next to the dugout, all before lamenting that a family can’t afford to go to the ballpark anymore.

You know, the essentials.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Dec 13, 2010 at 4:06 PM

    Oops, I thought this was a ploy for some southern-fried kielbasa.

  2. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Dec 13, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    In MLB, the players carve out team logo brand stakes. The stakes are used to kill vampires. You know the guys in black that have trouble seeing in the light.

  3. Old Gator - Dec 13, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    Here you go, Craig: http://en.item.rakuten.com/hashiyasaiko/10000685/

    And you can buy other cool stuff too. My son and I loaded up with Carp kattobashi at a game we went to in Hiroshima a few years ago – mere days after selecting the finest example of a Hideki Matsui in Borg duds bobblehead at the Shoji temple bazaar.

    The problem is, the maple chopsticks shatter when you’re trying to pick up an oddly shaped object, like a cube of agedofu or an uni uzura nigiri. Then you wind up with quail egg in your lap. Probably best to limit their use to shovelling nattomagurodon down your gullet.

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