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Interfering Fans, Home Run Dolls?

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Interfering Fans, Home Run Dolls?
Has anyone ever seen an interfering fan run onto the field in Japanese baseball?

Also, I've heard that home run hitters get a doll as a reward once they're done circling the bases. What does the doll look like? How big is it?
Re: Interfering Fans, Home Run Dolls?
[ Author: Christopher | Posted: Nov 18, 2008 10:59 AM | HAN Fan ]

It happened in the past - Koshien had barbed wire around the field perimeter in the past to keep the fans in the stands.

Home run dolls are small replicas of the team mascots and they are thrown into the crowd by the player who hit the home run (about 15 centimeters in height I would estimate). So they vary from team to team. Some clubs give bigger dolls as well which are retained by the player.
Re: Interfering Fans, Home Run Dolls?
[ Author: firearmofmutiny | Posted: Nov 18, 2008 11:30 AM | CD Fan ]

To answer your first question, probably not; I'd imagine it's difficult as many of the parks in Japan have high walls and lots of netting. It would have had to happened in the distant past.

As for your second question, it's basically a mascot plush doll like the ones you can get in the team store. They usually throw it up into the crowd after receiving it anyways.
Re: Interfering Fans, Home Run Dolls?
[ Author: Kiyoshi | Posted: Nov 18, 2008 1:32 PM | HAN Fan ]

Here [Korea Beat] is an article about fans running on the field in the Korean Baseball Organization.
Re: Interfering Fans, Home Run Dolls?
[ Author: westbaystars | Posted: Nov 18, 2008 2:14 PM | YBS Fan ]

I don't think that anyone referred to such fans as "interesting," though. Not nearly so kind words used to describe them come to mind.

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