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I Love a Parade!

A good old fashioned victory parade. Yeah, we didn’t see that one coming in September! I’m a doofus who can’t read a parade map properly, so instead of being in the thick of torrent of paper raining down upon Our Marines as they celebrated their amazing run to the Nippon Series title I got to stand on the main road …

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Miracle Marines – The Fan Experience

(I apologize – I wrote this last week but didn’t like one part of it so I kept it offline until now) It’s a great time to be a Lotte fan, and just as good a time to be a retailer with a Chiba or Marines tie-in. The Family Mart by my office has 30% off all Lotte stuff. Many …

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Nippon Series Game 7 – Nippon Ichi!

It took seven games, and 12 innings in the seventh game to decide a winner – that winner, finally, decisively, is Our Marines. Can you believe it? This was just an amazing game (and I am not saying that just because of the result) – it was truly an epic way to end the series. This game was everything game …

Nippon Series Game 6 – A Whole Lotta Nothin’

Lotte and Chunichi liked playing this game so much they decided to play 6 more innings! They liked THOSE extra innings so much they decided to replay the game tomorrow. Yup, game 6 was a nearly 6 hour, 15 inning, finish-after-last-train 2-2 tie. Pretty much everybody played. Relief pitchers batted. Stupid decisions abounded. Clutch catches were gloved. Still, it didn’t …

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Nippon Series Game 5 – One More to Go

Today was the last home game of the season for Our Marines, and they made the most of it. Lotte batters bashed 15 hits and hung 10 runs on the “best pitching staff in NPB” en route to a decisive 10-4 victory and a 3-2 series lead. Since Nishimura-kantoku made a surprise move in starting Hayden Penn over the expected …

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Nippon Series Game 4 – Wasted Chances

Much as I really didn’t want to, I’m going back to Nagoya. Despite a huge chance in the bottom of the 9th and as big a chance as you can get in the bottom of the 10th Our Marines couldn’t get it done tonight. Instead Game 4 of the Nippon Series went to Chunichi in 11 innings, 4-3. The game …

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Nippon Series Game 3 – Masterpiece Theater

Masterpiece Theater was on tonight. Did you catch it? Venue: Chiba Marine Stadium. Cast: Shunsuke Watanabe (complete game on 97 pitches, 5 Ks, 0 walks, 1 ER), Ikuhiro Kiyota (2-3 with a bases-loaded triple – the winning runs), Tadahito Iguchi (2-4 with an RBI double), Saburo (2-3 with an RBI and a run scored), Toshiaki Imae (1-3 with an RBI), …

Merch in the Lurch

I hope you don’t think I am in a down mood after the last game. I’m NOT! I’m in a GREAT mood! See, we’re now perfectly set-up to throw our three best starters, at home, all in a row. Chunichi is certainly without their ace for the next three games (Chen) as they wasted him on a game where our …