Years ago, there was a day when I was a little burned out on baseball and wanted to do something that didn't involve it. My then-girlfriend (now wife) read a review in the Baltimore Sun about a restaurant in Timonium called Ralphie's Diner and wanted to check it out. Upon arrival, we discovered that the place had a bust of "Ralphie" and it turned out that he was Ralph Salvon, longtime trainer for the Orioles. Without even trying, I had managed to make an innocent trip to a restaurant baseball-related.
I was reminded of this by a recent post of Deanna Rubin's in which she goes out to dinner in Osaka and discovers that the place is owned by a former NPB player, Tadami Nakatani.
Nakatami had had a short career from 1987 to 1994 with the Tigers, Buffaloes and Blue Wave. (Hmm, he moved from the Buffaloes to Blue Wave after 1993 - wonder if there's a connection to Akira Ohgi who left the Buffaloes for the Blue Wave at the same time.) I've got a couple of his cards - none with the Tigers (who he only played in 11 games for in 1987-88). Here's his 1991 and 1994 BBM cards (#72 and 408 respectively):