A loud and rowdy crowd can have a big impact on a baseball game in Japan.
Just like in the States, rooting and hecklers are a big part of the in-game experience at baseball stadiums across Japan. While Koshien Stadium is notorious for its harsh hecklers, all stadiums have some form of heckling.
Of course, the fans’ voice can help to inspire good from a player, but often times can mentally bring them down. Sometimes, the nasty hecklers can even lead to fights between players and fans.
Baseless slurs or name-calling only ruins the in-game experience, but baseball needs the humorous hecklers and friendly cheering.
The next time you attend a game, get in on the fun and use these Japanese phrases to sound just like a season-ticket holder.
1. Kattobase! (Smack it!)
A very common phrase to cheer up batters. Most likely, a batter’s name comes next. Sometimes fans will chant this phrase together.
2. Gambare! (Come on! / Let’s go!)
A versatile phrase to root for anyone in a tough situation.
3. Hetakuso! (You suck!)
A reproachful word with a little bit of crudeness. It’s pretty self-explanatory.
4. Saiko! (You are the best!)
A good way to praise a player for something. Most likely, you would say their name first and follow up with this phrase.
5. Fuzakreru na! (You can’t be serious!)
Usually reserved for an umpire whose judgment you strongly disagree with. Use this phrase enough, and make a John McEnroe out of yourself.
6. Shikkari Shiro / Majimeni yare! (Get your act together!)
Another phrase to show displeasure, but with more of a sense of preaching. Perfect for a scene where an inexperienced player makes a bonehead play.
7. Mattemashita! (We’ve been waiting for you!)
Whether for a high-profile rookie about to make a debut or a veteran player who is making a comeback, this would be a good thing to say.
8.Ato Hitori! / Ato Ikkyu! (One more hitter to go! / One more pitch!)
In big games, like the Japan Series, crowds chant this phrase when the game comes down to a two-strike count with two outs in the 9th inning.
9. Kanekaese (I need refund! / I want my money back!)
A harsh phrase to condemn a sloppy performance that doesn’t live up to professional quality. This can also be used for players or teams that don’t make their best effort.
10.Kuraitsuke! / Akirameruna! (Don’t let them off the hook! / Don’t give up!)
A versatile phrase that can be positive or negative and used whether your team is up or down in the game.
11.Bibiruna! (Don’t be scared! / Man up!)
The first thing a gutless player might hear from the stands.
12.Iizo! (That’s what I am talking about! / Way to go!)
After all, to stay positive and keep the good vibe going will make the best of your game experience.