Last night I took my mother to the baseball. In Japan. Let me explain a lil’… my mother arrived here (in Japan, where I reside) to meet our 3 month old son for the first time. Interested in showing mother dear around (this is her fourth trip to Japan), I took her to see the local baseball team, the Chunichi Dragons play the Yakult Swallows from Tokyo.
I bought some pretty good seats, behind the first baseline – and we had a great view of the game (at least we did when the drunk salaryman in front of us wasn’t waving his thundersticks around). And all the action unfolded right before us. It was a pretty good game, if you were a Dragons fan… I am, and as the game went by, my mother became increasingly so. It started quickly, with Chunichi opening their tally in the first inning, scoring a run in the bottom of the first. That was followed by a few goose eggs, then in the top of the 4th, the Swallows rallied, and contrived a run, leveling the ledger.
Dragons first baseman, American Tyrone Woods, unleashed on a pitch from compatriot Seth Greisinger in the fourth, and then again in the sixth innings, the second a towering line-drive, that nearly made the upper deck – it was still going up when it caromed off the base of the decking. His second shot put the Dragons up 4-2, and they never looked back from there. At this point in time, my mother was well & truly hooked (“If I could come here on a regular basis, I sure would”). The 8th innings for the Dragons brought in 3 more runs, and it could’ve been more except for a few errant swings. The end result was 8-2, the hometown Dragons slaying the Swallows.
It was truly a double victory, as a loss to the hated rival, Tokyo Yomiuri Giants (beaten by the Hanshin Tigers) put the Dragons in sole possession of the Central League lead. Read the rest of this entry »