In a heartfelt tribute to her late grandfather, Saya Nomura had the privilege of throwing the ceremonial first pitch at a Los Angeles Angels game held in Anaheim. The special invitation came from Yakult USA, a sponsor of the Angels, in honor of Saya’s grandfather, Katsuya Nomura, who had a successful career as a manager for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. To honor her family legacy, Saya placed a framed photo of her grandparents on the mound before making the pitch, while Angels’ player Jaime Barria caught the throw.
Although Saya grew up in Los Angeles, she has strong ties to Japan and previously worked for the Angels front office. She now resides in Japan and aims to promote the joy of baseball. Saya has even shared her insights on popular Japanese player Shohei Ohtani during her appearances on FOX 11. Through her experiences and connections, Saya continues to spread the love of the game and celebrate her family’s contribution to baseball history.