Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. hosted a "KONAMI Presents Let's Play Catch!" (below, KONAMI Let's Play Catch!) event organized by the JAPAN PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION (below, JPBPA) at Konami Sports Club Moriguchi (Osaka) on Tuesday, December 3rd.
KONAMI Let's Play Catch! is an event that supports the JPBPA's aim to introduce more people to the fun of baseball, by having current and retired professional baseball players carefully instruct participants on the basics of gripping a ball and playing catch. The events have been held continuously since 2005, and the venue for this latest event was made available by the Konami Group's health services provider, Konami Sports & Life Co., Ltd.
Instructors at this event were current players Minoru Iwata, Kohei Shibata, Shunsuke Fujikawa (Hanshin Tigers), and Kazunao Yamamoto, Yuki Tsutsumi, Shunta Goto (Orix Buffaloes), plus retired player Tsutomu Kameyama. The instructors took charge of two groups (adults and children) of the 200 participants, including Konami Sports Club members, and thoroughly demonstrated the fun of both baseball and exercise in general.
Comments from among the delighted participants included "I got to play catch with pro players – it's a dream come true!" from the children's group, and "It's really taught me a lot – I hope they keep holding events like this" from the adults' group. Additionally, Minoru Iwata of the Hanshin Tigers remarked, "Chances like this to interact directly with our fans are something us players are really grateful for as well."
The next KONAMI Let's Play Catch! event will be held at the JPBPA's largest fan interaction event "Baseball X'mas 2013 in Iwate" (jpbpa.net/bbc/(only available in Japanese)), which is scheduled to take place on Sunday, December 8th.
The Konami Group works constantly to introduce ever more people to the fun of baseball, by creating and providing a range of baseball-themed entertainment content, and through sponsorship activities as an NPB partner and KONAMI Nippon Series sponsor. We will continue to engage in a variety of activities to further support the spread and development of baseball.