Japanese Baseball Icon Lives Up To ‘Big Boss’ Nickname By Riding Hovercraft During Epic Introduction

Japanese Baseball Icon 'Big Boss' Rides Hovercraft During Introduction


  • Former MLB player Tsuyoshi Shinjo arrived at a baseball game in Japan in style
  • The man known as “Big Boss” hopped on a hovercraft and flew onto the field during a pregame introduction
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Japan has long been home to a thriving baseball culture, and over the years, the country has produced dozens of players who ended up taking their talents overseas to play Major League Baseball.

That includes Tsuyoshi Shinjo, who made his North American debut with the New York Mets just one day after Ichiro Suzuki kicked off his storied MLB career with the Mariners in 2001.

The man known as “Shinjo” would ultimately return to Japan after three fairly disappointing seasons in the big leagues. However, he would ultimately end his career on a high note when the Nippon-Ham Fighters ended the season as Nippon Professional Baseball champions by clinching the Japan Series in his final game.

Shinjo pivoted to a career in television after retiring, but he recently returned to baseball after accepting a job as the manager of the Fighters. The league allowed the former player to officially be referred to by his “Big Boss” nickname, and he proved why he earned it during a truly electric introduction ceremony on Opening Day.

However, that had nothing on what he dreamed up for the contest where the Fighters played their first home game with Big Boss as the manager, as Shinjo made his grand debut by casually hopping on a hovercraft and taking a tour of the outfield before landing back on the turf.

The Fighters did lose the showdown to extend what is now the four-game losing streak that’s opened the season, but at least Big Boss can take solace in knowing he’s winning at life.

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Connor Toole is the Deputy Editor at BroBible. He is a New England native who went to Boston College and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Frequently described as "freakishly tall," he once used his 6'10" frame to sneak in the NBA Draft and convince people he was a member of the Utah Jazz.