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February 18th, 2009 | Audio Stuff, EarthBound, Uncommon Knowledge

Now for a kind of reverse of the previous post about EarthBound music using stuff from other music!

Japanese baseball is hard to explain quickly, but it’s a bit different from American baseball. Even the cheers in the stands are heavily organized, and individual players are given their own cheer songs that people sing when they’re at bat.

Shigeyuki Furuki, when he played for the Nippon Ham Fighters (oh man, did I just type that sentence), had his cheer song taken from MOTHER 2 / EarthBound. I managed to find an audio clip of it, so I put it to some pics of him and subbed his cheer into English.

I also found this MIDI of his song a few years back. I had always wanted to tell people about this. This is exactly the kind of stuff I made EarthBound Central for 😀


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31 Comments to EarthBound and Japanese Baseball

Jean said on Feb. 18, 2009

He is a hero.

Nathan said on Feb. 18, 2009

Nippon Ham Fighters: Only second to the Tokyo Gas Creators. (http://www.tg-creators.com)

EBM said on Feb. 18, 2009

I know nothing of Baseball. Especially not JAPANESE baseball.
But this guy is now my all-time favorite player.

Darien said on Feb. 18, 2009

I’m a big baseball fan, so I thought this was pretty amusing. Especially since you mention the Nippon Ham Fighters, which is absolutely my favourite Japanese baseball team ever. 😉

IWontGetOvertheDam said on Feb. 18, 2009

God, just how big is MOTHER in Japan, anyway?

LuffyDan said on Feb. 18, 2009

I had the fortune of watching a baseball game while I was in Japan, and seeing how ridiculous the crowds are saddened me that we’ve been doing baseball all wrong. While the Ham Fighters are an excellent team, I got to shout out for the Hanshin Tigers, the rowdiest team in the leagues.

Jimi said on Feb. 18, 2009

Interesting. My goal is to now get the Drugstore song to play wherever I go. And possibly drive people mad, but it comes with the territory.

nekoaitsu said on Feb. 18, 2009

Lollerskates. I am very amused.

I try to apply Mother series music to my various locations travelled to in life. 😀

whoper said on Feb. 18, 2009

did you know robo’s theme in chrono trigger is actually “never gonna give you up” as made famous by rick astley

SoreThumb said on Feb. 18, 2009

I think I just found myself a new ringtone 🙂 <3


otherhand said on Feb. 18, 2009

whoper, not true. That’s only the very beginning of the song that might’ve been lifted, not the entire thing – after the first few seconds they don’t sound alike anymore!

Anywho, this is really awesome. Do the players themselves choose their songs, or do fans just randomly come up with them, or…? Because -somebody- in there must’ve been a fan.

Satsy said on Feb. 18, 2009

XD Hahaha, brilliant! I love these little things~!

rayefrenzy said on Feb. 18, 2009

Time to write myself a theme song…

Spitball Sparky said on Feb. 18, 2009

That MIDI makes a good ringtone.

BrickRoadDX said on Feb. 18, 2009

That is incredible.

Luffydan said on Feb. 18, 2009

In response to OTHERHAND:

Usually when they do a player’s chant, the little follow up at the end where they say “Let’s go -Insert Player’s Name Here-” is added onto whatever their song is. I know a few players on the Tiger’s, who are actually from the states, also have some of their favorite songs as chant for when they step up to the plate. If I remember correctly, one of their player’s had “We Will Rock You” as his chant.

Perosn said on Feb. 18, 2009

He’s my hero!

Lothis said on Feb. 18, 2009

That is AWESOME. Shigeyuki Furuki is my new hero.

P.F. said on Feb. 18, 2009

WIIIIIIIN. For both Japanese baseball and the article in general.

Nintendofan4lyf said on Feb. 18, 2009

That was awesome. Quick! Itoi should sue for copyrights! XD

rawpower said on Feb. 18, 2009

Ok what kind of a baseball team name is that? See, a real name, like the Twins, would make it was more awesome. I find it kind of amusing though too. I guess I’m not to familiar with the Japanese leage.

HossTehMaster said on Feb. 18, 2009

I suddenly like sports now.

wantslatioslots said on Feb. 19, 2009

New favorite athlete ever.

Pipomonkeydude said on Feb. 19, 2009

Oh man, at first I didn’t recognize what song from EB it was supposed to be, but after I listened to it again it sort of clicked and this became one of the coolest things I have ever seen/heard. If stuff like that happened more often, I’d be a lot more likely to start liking sports.

NessNomar said on Mar. 7, 2009

That is cool

anonymous said on Apr. 15, 2009

I’m doing a school project on this guy.

Zephys said on May. 28, 2009

There is simply no amount of awesome to address this with. This is just amazingly cool.

Shamu said on Jun. 21, 2009


sometimes, just sometimes, I’m ashamed and proud to be a Japanese.

PKFighter201 said on Oct. 25, 2009

This makes me want to play Baseball even more now 😀

Firearm said on Jun. 14, 2010

This cheer is back! It’s been given to Takahiro Imanami.

Nyx said on May. 27, 2012

For realsies? This immediately recognizable as “Smiles and Tears”.


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