Top Sports Stories in Japan… (Sept 7)

7 09 2007

Yup… windy today.Typhoon came & went… kinda sunny now.

Anyway, one day until the Rugby World Cup begins!

Today’s top sports stories in Japan:

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Top Sports Stories in Japan… (August 11)

11 08 2007

Cheer!Busy day today… lotsa stuff to do.

Anyway, today’s top sports stories in Japanese papers…

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Top Sports Stories in Japan… (July 26)

26 07 2007

I see red… So I’m back, and the bar’s been raised high for me by Chimp & JP… damn, but both of those guys can write!…

Well, back into the swing o’ things – starting with the top sports stories in Japan!

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Japanese All Star – Hideki Okajima?

7 07 2007

OkajimaJapanese baseball fans were certainly expecting a Boston Red Sox All Star… Daisuke Matsuzaka… err… Hideki Okajima?

His success this year has come as just as much a surprise in Japan as in America, a lot of fans here thinking that the Kyoto native was added merely to ‘help’ Dice-K adjust to US-life. Nothing in his statistics in Japan suggested that Okajima would thrive as he has. His best ever season was in 2001, when he had 25 saves, and an ERA of 2.76 (53 games) for the powerhouse Yomiuri Giants. Over his 12 years in Japan, Okajima was 34-32, 41 saves, and an ERA of 3.36.

Hideki Okajima - Boston All StarPlaying in the shadow of Matsuzaka, Okajima has exceeded expectations. Craig Shipley, the Red Sox scout who followed Okajima when he played in Japan and was key in bringing him to Boston, said “Oka’s had a great year. If anyone had said at the beginning of the season he’d be doing what he’s doing, you probably would have laughed at them.”

Signed for a mere $2.5 million over 2 years, winning the internet vote to play in the All Star game was icing on a very surprising cake for Hideki Okajima.

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Top Sports Stories in Japan… (July 5)

5 07 2007

hot today…

Today’s top stories… Nihon-style!

Dethroned!

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Top Sports Stories in Japan… (June 18)

18 06 2007

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Today’s sports headlines in Japanese newspapers…


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Marines manager, Bobby Cox with Miss Universe Riyo Mori.





Top Sports Stories in Japan… (June 8)

7 06 2007

Today’s sports headlines in Japan…