(AP) - Owner Mike Wilson made it official today, only days
after filing a formal petition to move his team he announced
that he had recieved permission from the league to relocate
his team to Tokyo, Japan.
100,000 rowdy Japanesse fans were on hand at the welcoming
ceremonies on the Tokyo waterfront. Wilson made the historic
announcement through an interpreter, that Weaver League baseball
had returned to where it belonged... Tokyo.
am very happy today to announce the return of Weaver league
baseball to Tokyo! I present to you your Tokyo
Tsunamis, and the new Tsunami Stadium!" Wilson yelled
over the crowd.
as Wilson finished the announcement a mechanical lift raised
several players out of the depths of the stage wearing the
black, white and blue of the new Tokyo franchise, as warning
sirens blared and firworks lit the dusk sky.
first baseman and captin Eric Karros, with tears in his eyes
exclaimed, "This is why we play, for the fans," as he took
a large team flag and waved it above the stage.
owner Wilson pledged that as long as he owned the team it
would stay in Tokyo. When asked why he was so secretive about
the team's move from St. Petersberg, Wilson said, "We tried
to do what was best for all parties involved. I tip my hat
to the people of Russia, the have supported this franchise
well, but a time comes when changes must be made."
asked what kind of team the Tsunamis would field in 2011,
Wilson stated, "We have no secrets. We want to get younger
and better, we will start with pitching and defense. We are
not going to keep players around anymore who can't help us.
on this roster can traded or cut, we have to rebuild, and
that can be painful. We think we can win 61 games and get
out of the cellar this year. Right now we just want to see
improvement," Wilson explained.
'Cap' Karros today again denied rumors that he was unhappy
and wanted a trade, stating, "I want to play and help this
team. If trading me helps this team so be it. I could have
retired, but this team still needs me."
is currently the franchise leader in almost every batting
category. He is thought to be a prized veteran worth aquiring
by several contending teams looking for experience.
was allegedly almost traded several times in 2010, and now
looks like a lock to finish his career in Tsunamis Black and
blue, and join the team's front office or coaching staff after