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Nippon Series Game 1 – The Road Warriors

Do you realize the Chiba Lotte Marines have now played nine games in a row on the road? And not against cupcakes, either – against the 2008 champion Lions, the always strong Hawks, and now the Central League Champion Dragons. With Saturday’s 5-2 win over Chunichi in Game 1 of the 2010 Nippon Series, Our Marines are now 7-2 in …

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Nippon Series – A Brief Preview

I’m in Nagoya now, awaiting the first game of the Nippon Series. Back in Chiba it’s 14 C/57 F and a typhoon is on the way; here it’s just cloudy and cold. Good thing the game today is in Nagoya or else there wouldn’t be a game 1 today. I’d like to take a quick look at how Our Marines …

A Parade of Shotas – 2010 NPB Draft

Right smack dab in the middle of the run up to the Nippon Series is the 2010 Draft. I’m of course quite interested in seeing the young players get distributed to the teams (and the best to ours, naturally!) but quite honestly I know next to nothing about the high school and university players (other than the big name players) …

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Miracle Marines Mega Multi-Media M…extravaganza? – Part 1

I want to share some of my recent videos and some videos that I’ve enjoyed from other Marines fans. These are generally all Climax Series related. I’m just using a regular camera as my video camera and that sort of thing just isn’t my specialty, so I apologize for the poor at times video quality. Here’s a couple of videos …

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2010 Nippon Series CHAMPIONS!

Victory Parade Information The Victory Parade is on Sunday 21 November in Makuhari. It starts at 11am and should last an hour. After the parade there will be a celebration at Chiba Marine Stadium! The best part about the parade for those who cannot attend – it will be broadcast on the internet! Here’s the parade route map. Victory Goods …

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Climax Series Final Stage Game 6 – The King of Chiba

I will freely admit it – sitting in the second deck behind home plate at Chiba Marine Stadium, watching game 6 – the decisive game of the Climax Series Final Stage, cheering loudly with my friends and fellow fans, seeing Ohmatsu golf a ball from Brian Falkenborg deep and high, being unable to tell whether it was foul or fair, …

Climax Series Final Stage Game 5 – With Great Force!

I’m not going to yank your chain with an extended intro – The Chiba Lotte Marines came alive late in tonight’s Climax Series Final Stage Game 5, finally turning on the jets and setting fire to Hawks pitching. With great pitching and furious offense, Lotte put away the Hawks 5-2 to force a decisive game 6. This is it; one …

Climax Series Final Stage Games 3 & 4 – Still Alive

One might think that if the Marines pitching staff would give up only one earned run over 18 innings they would win those two games. Right? Right? Instead Our Marines lost both games – Friday’s game (which I’ve already mentioned) by 3-1, and in a total letdown Saturday’s game, 1-0. 4 games total in the Climax Series Final Stage, 4 …

Climax Series Final Stage Game 2 – Earning a Victory

To be perfectly honest, there’s just not a hell of a lot to say about this one from a Lotte perspective. Despite the second batter of the game hitting a HR off one of the best pitchers in the PL, Lotte could do nothing against Tsuyoshi Wada and unsurprisingly lost game 2 to the Hawks, 3-1. When I say nothing …