Hideki Kuriyama is a man who thought it was good luck that he happened to see a fox on his way home from Sapporo Dome after Game 3 of the Japan Series, although maybe it was, the Fighters won 1-0 on a sayonara single in Game 4.

He marveled in his good fortune the next day as well, that time basing his forecast on the group of flying white insects he came across — the tenuous connection being that white dots often represents wins on Japanese schedules — and the large number of birds he saw in the sky, he apparently hadn't seen many in a while, during a walk that morning.

Kuriyama isn't weird, well not too weird, but in many ways the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters manager doesn't quite fit the staid archetype that typically takes up residence in Japanese dugouts.