Deanna Rubin of Marinerds, which is actually almost all about one woman's love of Japan's coolest team, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, finally made a trip to Sapporo to watch the Fighters in action.
She sat in the oendan, one of the official cheering sections for the team, at the Sapporo Dome and has video of the song that the fans sing when one of the Fighters' new imports, Terrmel Sledge comes up to bat.
Deanna's translation of the song is:
North Carolina power,
homerun Sledge Daichi ni banrifuu fukaseyo atsuku nare Hammer Sledge
(Go go let's go su-re-ji!)
Deanna also reports that the PA system plays "Sledgehammer" and the fans wave inflatable hammers when Sledge bats. (He's hitting .248 with six homers the last time I checked.)
Sledge, as I've mentioned before, went to my high school, John F. Kennedy High in Granada Hills, and was the starting center fielder for the team's L.A. City Championship team in 1995. Jon Garland was a sophomore pitcher and outfielder on that squad.