Ah, The Cultural Rewards Of Major League Baseball


The life of a Japanese player, when assimilated into a Major League Baseball clubhouse, can be difficult. You have to learn parts of other languages, deal with cultural differences you hadn't anticipated and, mostly, deal with the odd duck that is Jonathan Papelbon.

When the Red Sox were in Detroit recently, a fan spotted Papelbon explaining the rules of craps to Hideki Okajima. The site, Out In Center Field, has a closeup of the complete board Papelbon draws out for Okajima and his translator, and even a video.

We always forget how rough life must be for a baseball player's translator. You must have to translate some seriously stupid shit.

High Rollers [Out In Center Field]