Actually, the Japanese did some of Hollins's shopping for him. After he hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning to give the major leaguers a 2-1 lead in the third game, at Seibu Stadium, he crossed the plate and was handed a stuffed Seibu Lion by a young woman. Right there on the field. The next inning Mack hit a home run and also received a stuffed lion, which came in particularly handy since he had to fly home before the next game to be with his wife, Darleena, who had gone into labor a month early.
"A stuffed animal," said Detroit catcher Mickey Tettleton. "I like that. If you hit a grand slam, do they give you a real lion?"
No, but Japan once gave the major leagues a real Tiger. "I think they view me as a son they sent off to America who has done extremely well," said Fielder. "They feel responsible for me doing well, like maybe Japanese baseball helped me to do some things. If that's what they want to think, hey, beautiful."
This time around it was Ceci-lu who showed the Japanese how to do it.