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Street Fighting Days, Part 3

This is it – my last game of 2009. Sad. I can’t make the 6 October grand finale and the Seibu games are all mid week and far away. So – fin. The blog’s not done for the year by any means but I won’t even be able to watch the last 3 games live easily, so this is pretty …

Street Fighting Days, Part 2

The second game of the final Orix-sen showed up on a lovely – but hot – late September day. It was a festival day, with much singing and dancing both inside and outside the stadium. The game itself was spirited as well – both on and off the diamond. The balls were flying out of the park and the pitching …

Street Fighting Days, Part 1

It’s been a while since I’ve posted (ahem! again.) At least I have a good excuse – I was on the road last weekend for the Sendai series and on holiday after that, so blogging fell a bit by the wayside. I’ve also got – no joke – 4000+ pictures to go through from the past 2 weeks. I’ve been …

Live Blog: Lotte vs Nippon Ham, 13 Sep

It’s a lovely day, the sun is shining and Lotte has their first 4 game winning streak of the year. What the heck, let’s do another live blog! The starting lineups For Lotte: Tsuyoshi (short), Hayasaka (left), Fukuura (first), Iguchi (second), Ohmatsu (right), Hashimoto (DH), Imae (third), Satozaki (catcher), and Hayakawa (center). For Nippon Ham: Tanaka (second), Hichori (left), Inaba …

Live Blog: Lotte vs Nippon Ham, 12 September

I made plans to go to Yomiuriland to see Lotte’s ni-gun take on the Giants ni-gun but the weather looks truly foul (both out the window and on radar), so I’ve decided to stay in and do another Live Blog. Some notes about last night’s game as I didn’t make a blog posting. Lotte took the first game of the …

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Immovable Force vs Movable Object

Lotte starter Yoshihisa Naruse as of late has been The Feared One. He has not been the man lurking in the shadows, sneaking up on poor, unsuspecting Pa-League batters. Oh no. He’s been the crocodile in the pond, chomping everything in sight and leaving nothing but tears and woe. Let’s look at the evidence – since the calendar turned to …

Soft, Creamed

*Please note for purposes of positivity that all discussion to Tuesday’s 8-4 loss to visiting Daiei will be conveniently ignored. What better to celebrate the 9th of September – 9/9/09, as it were – than to have your favorite team beat up on their opponent by 9 runs? Or at least scoring 9 runs? What’s that you say, Lotte scored …

Fight the Fighting Fighters!

What’s this I see? Not one, but TWO victories versus the Fighters? Indeed, what you have heard is true, as this week the first place Nippon Ham Fighters swaggered in to town but took two out of three on the chin from our plucky Marines. It is – quite obviously, as anyone who follows Lotte this year will know – …

Nishimura-Kantoku

The news that everyone expected to hear was made official today – Lotte coach Norifumi Nishimura will be the new Kantoku for Lotte in 2010. I don’t think I am over-exaggerating to say that all of Lotte fandom is very sad indeed to see our beloved Valentine-Kantoku leave at the end of the year (I’ve been avoiding the topic more …