The return of pro baseball to Tokyo Dome on Saturday night was greeted by a jarring silence.

There were no songs or chants to welcome the players to the plate nor the blaring of trumpets to provide the familiar soundtrack to the NPB experience.

Instead, it was a decidedly different feel at the ballpark as the defending Central League champion Yomiuri Giants faced the Tokyo Yakult Swallows in a Big Egg rendered completely devoid of fans by the coronavirus outbreak. The Swallows beat the Giants 5-3.