If I'm keeping track properly, this is the third year in the row that BBM has used spring training photos for their 1st Version team checklists. I'm not complaining - they're very recent images and often have some unique behind-the-scenes views or at least use photography rarely seen in a BBM set.
As has been customary for me since 2016, I grabbed the full subset at the recent card show.
(Side Note: I just learned that those long, held stretches everyone does might not be so good for sports like baseball; warming up the muscles through movement is better.)
(Side Note: I could probably figure out who some of these players are, but it's not important to me. If you're interested, have at it!)
(Side Note: how about a collection of baseball cards with food on them - like, players eating, pie-in-the-face, and so on?)
(Side Note: I like sushi, but I'm really not much of a fan of sushi rolls.)
(Side Note: How cool would it be to have nine or even twelve pitchers in a row like this, all one little step further through their delivery motions?)
(Side Note: My computer doesn't know how to spell check Gryffindor, but Siri can handle it without any problems.)
(Side Note: Suzuki has a career batting average over .300, though is only at .250 after his first nine games this season.)
(Side Note: I never wore my baseball pants low. I always showed off my stirrups.)
(Side Note: When attending a game in Japan, you generally can't keep batting practice balls hit into the stands. Game balls are different, but don't plan on going to pre-game gates for a ball.)
(Side Note: Yomiuri owns a newspaper, a baseball team, and an amusement park. Yomiuriland is located right next to the Giants practice field, which also serves as their ni-gun (minor league) home. You can get a nice view of the park by taking the cable car to or from Yomiuriland. Also, the stands were basically open when there was nothing going on last year, so I could get into the stadium and take some photos. I don't know if that's an "always" thing or I just lucked out. I'll eventually post those photos... I hope.)
(Side Note: I've discovered a lot of Dragons fans lately, despite currently working in Kanagawa Prefecture, home of the Yokohama BayStars. The connection with the Dragons is usually because they are from Nagoya, or their family is.)
(Side Note: The Swallows might actually be more popular in Tokyo than the Giants. Overall, the Giants are probably the most popular when taking into account more casual fans, for reasons similar to the Yankees. But for actual baseball fans in the Tokyo area, I hear Swallows more than Giants.)
Overall, there are some good shots here, and I'm happy with the subset. I do hope BBM steps up their game just a little next year.