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That Darned Hat

I took a break from writing, the Marines took a break from winning. Actually, the first week I didn’t write anything was due to the games running so-o-o late. Lotte played 12 inning games on consecutive nights (tying one, losing the other very very badly in the 12th), the second of which went so late I barely made the last …

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Sweet Vengeance: Lotte vs Yomiuri, Interleague Game 16

Late in Tuesday’s game with Los Gigantes del Yomiuri I had a chat with one of the Chiba Marine security guards I know in passing. Him: “This feels good.” Me: “Yeah, yeah it does.” Him: “I went to both of the games in Tokyo Dome. Bad, very bad.” Me: “Mmm.” Him: ((pauses)) “This feels REALLY good.” Let’s put it another …

The Monster Awakens: Lotte vs Kyojin, Interleague Game 15

Where did all this pitching come from? In the last three games we’ve seen great pitching from Yoshimi, Shunsuke, Itoh, Yabuta, and Kobayashi. Tonight we added to that list with Bill Murphy, Kentaro Hashimoto, and Takuya Furuya. Aren’t we supposed to be limping, imploring our wounded arms to get better soon? Aren’t we supposed be losing with Ono and Karakawa …