Quite the bus journey for the Mariners from Tokyo’s Narita Airport over to the New Otani Hotel, but they finally made it here in one piece. The plane landed about 5:40 p.m. local time but then customs took an hour, followed by a bus ride through traffic that included at least one bathroom stop for an unidentified individual.
“That was the longest bus ride of my life,” Michael Saunders said.
But Saunders and other players agreed the plane flight itself wasn’t so bad considering the 12-hour length.
“It’s like anything else,” he said. “When it’s that long it’s never going to be great, but that said, the time passed pretty quickly all things considered.”
Mike Carp said players passed the time watching videos and hanging out.
“Some of the Latin guys had their own club going in the back,” he said with a laugh. “There was music playing and everything.”
A small group of Japanese baseball fans waited outside the hotel for the Mariners to arrive. They went a little wild, as you’ll see in the video, when the FSN cameras began shooting.
The Mariners set up a space in one of the basement level ballrooms for players and family to have a quick bite to eat before heading on up to their rooms, many of them accompanied by their wives.