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Wally the Green Monster to take a tour of Japan

Jan 17, 2014, 1:21 PM EDT

Wally the Green Monster

I get a lot of press releases about promotional things, odd events, weird ceremonies, goodwill trips and the like. Most of them are kind of boring. This one is fun:

Red Sox relief pitchers Junichi Tazawa and closer Koji Uehara, who was named the American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player, and Wally the Green Monster will visit Tokyo to share the 2013 Commissioner’s Trophy, presented annually to the World Series Champions, with baseball fans in Japan.

Uehara and Wally will present the World Series trophy and a Red Sox jersey to the Prime Minister Shinzō Abe. Then there will be a reception with U.S. ambassador Caroline Kennedy. Then a fan reception and then a thing at at something I did not know existed: the MLB Café which is “an MLB themed restaurant serving a menu inspired by American ballpark food.”

Hope they have helmet nachos there. I’m never going to a country where I can’t be sure I can get helmet nachos.

  1. slaugin - Jan 17, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Sneaky pR move to get Tanaka interested in Boston… Hey check out this trophy and the Japanese players that helped win it

  2. km9000 - Jan 17, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    This new Godzilla remake sounds terrible.

    • Old Gator - Jan 17, 2014 at 3:42 PM

      You think this one sounds terrible? Listen to the special forces commander briefing his troops in this trailer for the ackcheral forthcoming Godzilla remake. It sounds like the captain of a yuppie neighborhood district junior high school soccer team giving his classmates a pep talk before taking on the kids from the tough neighborhood district school down the road:

      Wait till the end, and listen to the new CGI Godzilla’s roar: utterly generic. They took his signature “honk” out of it. I have a sinking feeling we’re going to wish for Maria Pitillo back in this film by the time it’s over, just to add some decoration. Frankly, I think the Green Monster would add more interest to the Toho kaiju eiga than this retreaded version will – along the lines, for example, of the Sta-Puft Marshmallow man.

      • jimeejohnson - Jan 18, 2014 at 12:30 PM

        4 thumbs downs courtesy of the movie’s producers.

      • Old Gator - Jan 18, 2014 at 1:41 PM

        Naahhh, it’s our virtual village idiot / thumb harpy at work again. See below.

  3. @Cereal_22 - Jan 17, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Wally is soft just like Red Sox nation

    • jimeejohnson - Jan 18, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      And you are dumb just like your parents.

  4. bigdaddy44 - Jan 17, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    I’d love to think that this would have an effect on recruiting Tanaka. But, like every big time free agent signing, the deciding factor will be money. Period.

  5. dirtyharry1971 - Jan 18, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    easily the worst mascot in the history of mascots

    • jimeejohnson - Jan 18, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      Thought you were dead; darn!

      • Old Gator - Jan 18, 2014 at 1:41 PM

        Our virtual village idiot is beloved everywhere he bubbles up like a swamp fart.

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