When a Japanese reporter recently asked Roger Clemens for an autograph, he got a signed photo and a swift penalty: His membership in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America was revoked.
Hiroki Homma of the Fuji Evening News said he didn’t realize he was breaking the rules, though he took full responsibility and apologized to the New York Yankees. “I didn’t know,” Homma told The Associated Press. “It was my fault.” Ballplayers coming from Japan to the majors need to make adjustments. So, too, do the many international journalists covering the big leagues. Clubhouse etiquette is just one example of the many cultural changes they face.