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September 17, 2008

the day i “got” baseball

Filed under: Life in Japan — notyalcsdrawkcab @ 3:57 am
i`m aussie. we don`t love baseball. we have some okay players. but as a nation. we don`t get it.

but last week. i got it. watched the last 3 innings of a high school game on tv, and it was fantastic.

high school baseball is huge in japan. why is it huge? it is more innocent than pro ball. there is a knockout tournament to decide the national champion. there are stacks of famous manga about the little guy becoming a champion. people love their high schools. so many reasons.

it was naruto versus honjo. N was leading 2 – 1, but something about H just looked liked they were the stronger team. H`s pitcher was kicking arse. 8th inning, he just kept on sending down strikes. then in the 9th inning he made the hit that made the score 3 – 2 to H. then it was N`s turn to bat, and i figured they were finished. they had half as many hits as H, and i figured they had to crumble.

but then H`s star pitcher walked to mound, and just self – destructed. he couldn`t get his radar right. and then when he did put the ball in the strike zone, it was too slow. this pitcher who could do no wrong in the 8th became vulnurable. and i think the turning point was when his coach told him to walk the other teams star batter … then it was game over.

he had run out of gas, and the N batters just belted the ball … the last hit of the match, one of the H outfielders got under the ball, but with all the pressure he fluffed the catch. not that it mattered. there was only one out, and a guy was running through to home base for the win anyway. two teams gave their all. but someone had to lose. and it looked like it really really hurt. victory was sweet. BUT the job isn`t finished, they have a couple more knockout games to win first.

don`t know how much of that made sense. i still don`t know what is going on fully.

but the pressure, the excitement … it was just great tv.

still don`t know if i want to sit through a full match, but for 3 innings, i was a fan.

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