Tomorrow marks the return of "Kayreoke" to Professor Thom's pub. Kayreoke is the wildly popular form of entertainment where regular fans come in and get the chance to announce the action of a Red Sox game. Kayreoke was also featured in the new documentary "Blessed! Still We Believe 2" that I was proud to be a part of.
Kayreoke originally came about when Sox fans were tired of listening to out-of-town announcers, and especially the homerism and outright nonsense from Yankee hometown shill Michael Kay (whom Kayreoke is named for) and we gave the fans a chance to call the action for the bar patrons to hear for an inning or so. (The picture seen here is of Yours Truly during a broadcast in 2006, and it was part of a story in New York Magazine about Kayreoke. I love that wig, Hawaiian shirt and fake glasses.)
So tomorrow night, a film crew from Japan will be on hand to film the Thom's fans as they announce the game. Daisuke Matsuzaka will be on the mound for the Red Sox, so the good folks from Japan will be in for it, and it will be broadcast back to Japan on Thursday night (Friday morning in the Land of the Rising Sun).
On Thursday night they will do the live broadcast from Thom's back to Japan during the Red Sox-Yankees game. It will be a segment on one of Japan's live morning shows.
So if you'd like to be part of either, come on down to Professor Thom's on Wednesday and/or Thursday nights. And if you are a bigtime fan of Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hideki Okajima or Hideki Matsui, you stand an even better chance of being seen by the millions and millions of folks back in Japan.
It'll be good to have Kayreoke back.