Thursday, August 18, 2011

Before I work on more recaps...

...I will never, ever, EVER, root for Nichidai-san. They are officially my arch-nemesis. And I don't particularly want to talk about the game even though Narashino deserved to lose that game.


Limo said...

We need to know what happened!!!
The suspense is killing me.


PS...Always love your coverage. Thank you.

Vinz said...

... Why being that negative about Sanko ? They do have flaws but their attitude isn't bad...And I think there's really something about that team.

Sometimes their entire batting lineup gives the impression they could hit anything at anytime... Before becoming sterile for several innings.

Same goes for Yoshinaga, obviously very tired from the previous games ; still no relief pitcher, he keeps on staying on the mound for the whole game, throwing many wild pitches and dead balls, getting into pinches in almost every inning, but still managing to keep Narashino scoreless and strike out the important batters at the most crucial times with perfectly controlled 145 km/h balls - after all this mess.
I guess that's what you could call an ace, he's here even when you think he's gonna crumble.

All in all I think that the fact they can be so powerful at a time and vulnerable at the other is what makes them all the more appealing.
But I guess that if it gives goosebumps to their fans, it can just piss off the others ?...

Goro Shigeno said...

It's not really that the people themselves are bad or the team.

To be perfectly honest, I'm sick and tired of Deanna's teams always beating mine. And her pet team is Sanko.

So now that they've elminated both Narashino and Kanzei, they are in my eyes the evil empire and as such I will never root for them. I will root for Kousei Gakuin however irrationally, and I'm thinking of spending the rest of the afternoon preparing to deliver any information I can to the hotel they're staying at in the hopes that it'll help defeat Sanko.

Deanna said...

This Sanko team is more special than any high school team I've cheered for in the last 6 years except for possibly Saga Kita. Seriously. It's not just being Sanko, it's being the Azegami-team, with all of their individual quirks and abilities. They're just a very special unit together.

I said last November after the Jingu taikai that I'd be following Yoshinaga all the way to Koshien... you could have decided then to hate them, you know. :P

Goro Shigeno said...

Yeah but back then they didn't defeat my team. Seriously, I'm beginning to wonder what's the point in rooting for teams when it's always yours that seem to win.

Look, you've followed baseball in Japan for longer and more in depth than I have. You obviously know more about players than I do, especially this particular Nichidai-san team. This team out of all of them probably had the least amount of flaws to win this thing.

But I'm sick and tired of being on the wrong end here, and in life in general. I want to do something about it, so I'm going to do what I can, even if they ignore me and think of me as some weird gaijin.

Their hotel isn't far away from Umeda, so I'll deliver a letter in English and translated Japanese. If I tried to write in my Japanese it would (a) take way too long and (b) probably less readable than the cookie cutter transation online.

Vinz said...

Hehe, fine then =p.

And I just have to agree with Deanna, I too had the chance to see several teams when I was in Japan and 2011' Sanko is possibly the one that makes the more excited.

And it's not just about being the nation's strongest team but above all, it's all the things that these players convey

Goro Shigeno said...

Look, I'm not denying the fact that the team is good, nor the makeup of the team is special. I accept all that. And had say Nihon Bunri won 2 years ago, or Kouryou instead of Saga Kita, I wouldn't be feeling this way.

I'm just being selfish in that for once in my life I'd like to see a time of mine win instead of hers. Although at this point it's not even my team really, it's just not hers.

And I think I give up. Even if I write this letter, there's other nuances to talk about when it comes to talking about Azegami's wildness that using Google translate will proabably fail.

Because when Azegami loses his control for brief periods of time, he either (a) can't find the strike zone or (b) suddenly becomes very hittable. And while it's harder to tell in the stands, it appears that Azegami lives on the upper half of the zone.

There's too many different things to say. I bet if Deanna was in my position and wanted to write this letter she could. But I'm not her, so I'm going to grab dinner, go home and watch Sanko win tomorrow.

Deanna said...

Azegami's wildness? Or Yoshinaga's? I'm confused.

Oh, and for the record, Sanko beat Kajitsu at the Jingu Taikai. Aren't they one of your teams too...?

I'd also like to point out that we were both rooting for Shimabukuro in 2010, weren't we?

Goro Shigeno said...

Kagoshima Jitsugyou isn't really one of my teams, I just considered them one of the better ones out there.

And you're right, I meant Yoshinaga.

Kounan doesn't count. We were on the same side so there's no way you could lose without me losing too. :P