In the Realm of the Clutch Hitters

Friday afternoon I took a look at my planner to see what was on for the weekend. It was empty except for one item, in bold, underlined with a star next to it: 1. Baseball Mmm, home opener. Two years ago the home opener was in late March; it was stupidly cold and raining but we managed to beat Orix. …

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Hit Hit and Run

Sunday morning: coffee and fresh sandwich in hand, listening to “Air on G String” for breakfast. Time is smoothly moving – I am enjoying this moment. The feeling is probably not the same if any of the above items are missing. Speed star Tsuyoshi and Ogino collided with each other in the last game. I am very worried about Tsuyoshi. He …

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Advanced Statistical Analysis® and The Men of Lotte

I used Advanced Statistical Analysis® (ASA) to see into the Pacific League future. One cannot deny statistical trends – they are truth incarnate, as if history is already written. Here’s what we know after the first weekend of the Pacific League future; specifically, Our Marines’s Future: – We will win 96 games this year. – Unfortunately, ASA® shows Orix will …

Live Blog: Lotte @ Seibu Dome, 21 March

For complicated reasons I couldn’t make it to today’s game, so it’s time for the first live blog of the year! Yesterday was quite a heartbreaker. Naruse pitched great, only making two crucial mistakes, yet the offense couldn’t bail him out versus the very tough Wakui. Today it’s Watanabe vs Hoashi as Lotte tries to get their first win of …

Bring Everyone! It’s Opening Day!

Everyone! Everyone! It’s opening day! How awesome is that?!?!! Opening day, Tokorozawa. Chiba meets Seibu for the first game of the 2010 season. Naruse faces Wakui. Does it get any better? I left the house at 7:30 for the almost 2 hour trip to Seibu Dome, figuring arriving 1.5 hours before the gates open and 3.5 hours before the game …