Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Will the Victoria Seals Roster Include a Woman in 2010?
Here's where the Victoria Seals come in. It makes perfect sense for the Seals to sign Yoshida if she does anything other than stink it up in the AWL. Think of how much the Seattle Mariners have profited from putting players like Ichiro and Kenji Johjima out on the field. If you were to put a 17-year-old Japanese female out on the mound for the Victoria Seals, a significant percentage of the Japanese students and Japanese-Canadians in Victoria would flock to Royal Athletic Park whenever she was due to pitch. Plus, every girl who plays softball in Victoria (and there are many) would be lining up to buy a Seals ticket.
If she were to spend the summer in the Garden City, there would be an entourage of media (Japanese, Canadian and American) that would follow her every move. That would do nothing but greatly increase the national and international profile of the Victoria Seals. I also have no doubt that Yoshida would sell a lot of Victoria Seals merchandise -- and not just to the locals. Japanese baseball fans would most likely be ordering a bunch of caps and jerseys off the internet.
Wishful thinking on my part? Perhaps. But signing Eri Yoshida to a Victoria Seals contract makes a lot of sense. I mean, she couldn't be any worse than Mike Reeves or Eziequiel Ruvalcaba.
Posted by Gus at 9:42 PM