Thursday, February 2, 2017

First Pitch: Ayame Gouriki

Those of you who've opened 2017 Topps may have noticed that the first pitch inserts are back. I like the concept of commemorating first pitches on cardboard. BBM's been doing it for a few years now and they have spawned some of the best cards ever made IMHO. I picked up a few first pitch cards made by BBM and I figured that this would be a fun way to introduce some Japanese celebrities to everybody.

I wanted to continue this "series" with one of the key names in the batch of cards I picked up, Ayame Gouriki.

Ms. Gouriki is a 24 year old known primarily as an actress, but she's also been credited as a model and as a singer. Gouriki rose in popularity around 2011 and was already a household name in Japan by 2012. Personally, I know her the best from a series of commercials for sandwiches.

Others will probably cite her most notable role as some drama like ビブリア古書堂の事件手帖.

So back to the card, the front and back of the card says that this first pitch took place on June 25th, 2016 at Jingu Stadium (home of the Yakult Swallows). Apparently it was before the game against my Dragons.

I found this neat video of Gouriki practice her throwing mechanics with Swallows infielder Yamada Tetsuto (who is on MLB radars for the record).

Or at least I thought it was neat. When's the last time you saw extended video of first pitches?

As far as first pitches go it wasn't the worst (50 Cent made the bar very very low). Seeing as how she's a lefty I assume that she'd probably have a job in no-time as a reliever.

Right, so go out and support first pitch cards. They can be quite fun.

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).


  1. That video was pretty fantastic!

  2. Her wind up is fundamentally sound.

    1. Sign her up, every team needs bullpen help.

  3. Watched a bunch of those videos, it was fun.

  4. Nice to see people having fun with the first pitch ceremony, regardless of the actual quality of the toss. :-)