Stop the Madness: Live Blog, Lotte vs Seibu, 29 April

I went to the Seibu/Lotte game in Tokorozawa last night but I was in a foul mood after the game, so I didn’t blog. After a nice run in first, Lotte has lost 6 of 8 (4 of the last 5) including a close one with Seibu last night. Lotte got on the board first with an RBI single by …

Forget Last Week, This One’s Better

Last week certainly was a week to forget – a rainout in Sendai, losses at home to Orix and two to Daiei, and a Tokyo Dome loss to Rakuten. Thank goodness for the win in Koriyama! Lotte really only got manhandled in one of the games, the loss to Rakuten on Tuesday. I didn’t get a chance to go to …

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On the Impermanence of Baseball

Or, perhaps more fittingly, the permanence of weather variations in Chiba – the more things change, the more they stay the same. Tickets in hand for tonight’s game with Orix – looking forward to the first home game in a week. Weather: temps dropping. People supposed to go to the game with me: dropping out. Wisely, it seemed – rain …

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All Kinds of Ways to Win

There are two basic kinds of blowouts. There’s the sort where one team beats the crap out of the other in the first, then sits in the dugout drinking wine and relaxing for the next day’s game. I went to the quintessential example of this sort of game two years ago in Nagano – Seibu kicked my Marines’s teeth in …

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¡Ouenka!

As you are quite likely aware ouenka are supporters’ songs in Japanese baseball. These are the songs that are sung by the fans throughout the game, designed to inspire the team on to victory. Lotte had a nice, complete set of ouenka last year for all of last year’s players (and Bobby), but with the change in management and changes …

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Fast Out of the Gate

The first series of the 2010 season vs Orix is in the books, and it was a GREAT one for Lotte. Three games in Osaka, 3 wins for the Marines. 25 runs scored on 43 hits. Last year Lotte didn’t win their first game in Osaka until August, this year the guys took the first chance they had. It’s just …

Lousy Smarch Weather

If you told me 2 weeks ago Our Marines would be sitting at 5-2-1 after the first month of the season I’d tell you I’m pretty happy with that. This Wednesday’s game, though, was a doozy to sit through. Can’t win ’em all, can you? Actually I’ve been to both of the first two games in this Rakuten series and …