I'm struggling to call a game in Japan the opening game of the 2012 MLB Season. Didn't they used to call these kinds of thing exhibition games?
I guess I'm just getting old.
HEY! GET OFF MY LAWN!!
Slow - The Japanese LOVE baseball. Ichiro Suzuki of the Mariners had a killer game in front of his countrymen.
Oh I know the Japanese love baseball. I have a Hiroshima Carps cap hanging in my closet. I don't have an issue with two US teams playing a Spring game over there either. I think that's great! I just have a difficult time seeing a game played in a foreign country, in front of a hometown, but not US, crowd being called the "American Season Opener" (at least in the press in my area).
If the pro teams from Japan played teams from the US during the regular season and could compete for the World Series Title, I wouldn't have a problem with it. Instead it's a publicity stunt and seems like a MLB comment on US fans.
/stepping off high horse now/
I'm glad Ichiro had a good game!