Watch What May Be The Strangest First Pitch in Japanese Baseball History

The demonic women from horror classics "The Ring" and "The Grudge" play a little baseball ahead of a crossover film.

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Japan, like the United States, is one of the only countries where people actually enjoy baseball. But unlike U.S. teams, Japanese ones don’t mind giving the honor of the opening pitch to murderous demons.

Winding up as only the possessed can, the sullen corpselike girl from “The Ring,” dressed in a white nightgown, her face veiled by black hair, throws the opening pitch at the ghost of the murdered woman from “The Grudge,” another Japanese horror classic. After she cracks a ball into the outfield, a pinch runner -- her pallid, meowing son -- then does a lap around the bases, scoring the first run of the game. The few fans in the stands appear unfazed.

The two women, originally from different horror universes, will reunite in a new crossover film, “Sadako vs. Kayako,” set for a mid-June release.

Japan, like the United States, is one of the only countries where people actually enjoy baseball. But unlike U.S. teams, Japanese ones don’t mind giving the honor of the opening pitch to murderous demons.

Winding up as only the possessed can, the sullen corpselike girl from “The Ring,” dressed in a white nightgown, her face veiled by black hair, throws the opening pitch at the ghost of the murdered woman from “The Grudge,” another Japanese horror classic. After she cracks a ball into the outfield, a pinch runner — her pallid, meowing son — then does a lap around the bases, scoring the first run of the game. The few fans in the stands appear unfazed.

The two women, originally from different horror universes, will reunite in a new crossover film, “Sadako vs. Kayako,” set for a mid-June release.

Watch the opening pitch in all its bizarre wonder below:

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WC4_68XjmuA&w=560&h=315]

Image credit: YouTube

Henry Johnson is a fellow at Foreign Policy. He graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a degree in history and previously wrote for LobeLog. Twitter: @HenryJohnsoon

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