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During the Oakland Athletics’ 12-hour flight to Tokyo for their opening series against the Seattle Mariners, pitcher Ryan Buchter killed some time by interviewing his teammates for a show titled, “Open Buch.”
In the video, Buchter walks around the plane asking his teammates questions about Japan. Some of the questions were as simple as “Have you ever been to Japan before?” but other questions were as challenging as “Name 26 cities in Japan.”
The pitcher revels in putting his teammates on the spot, and tells outfielder Stephen Piscotty, “We’ll try to make this as painful as possible.”
Some of the highlights include Buchter conducting an interview with third baseman Matt Chapman inside of the plane’s cramped lavatory, and Piscotty telling Buchter his show is “falling apart at the seams right now.”
The A’s shared the video on Twitter, with the caption, “During a twelve hour flight, you could expect things to get a little weird.”
The team will play a two-game series against the Mariners on March 20 and 21, and will also play two exhibition games against Japanese clubs.
This marks the eighth time the MLB has played its season opener overseas, and the fifth time a season opener will take place in Tokyo. The A’s and Mariners played the last season opener there in 2012.
“The Oakland Athletics are proud to once again take part in the Japan Opening Series,” A’s president Dave Kaval said last year when the international series was announced. “We are honored to represent Major League Baseball during this special event. Japan has incredible baseball fans, and we look forward to returning to Tokyo to help promote our sport.”
The A’s will play their exhibition games against a team from the Japanese Nippon Professional Baseball league on March 17 and 18, before the opening series against the Mariners.
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