As those of you who are reading this are noticing, I have had to make apologies for not being able to stay awake through all the games of the day. As you may have inferred from that remark, I do all my coverage not from Japan, but from the US.
In years past this wouldn't be an issue, I could manage to stay awake, get 3 hours of sleep a night and repeat the process for the entire tournament.
But much like those teams you see where there is a slow implosion in progress, I knew that lately - even before this Koushien tournament, that it was getting harder and harder to do that. Unfortunately, it has come back and hit me hard this year. Today I was able to cover the first two games, then despite my best efforts, by body basically forced me to sleep/nap and as a result I missed basically the 2nd half of the last 2 games.
And it's really frustrating because despite the fact that the first 2 days were primarily blowouts, the last 2 days were for the most part really competitive. And I wish I could just stay awake to be able to cover them.
Because there's only so much you can get from the boxscore. You aren't able to see the player's reactions to things on the field - cues that can tell you how the next chapter in the game might go.
And that's the reason why I did this blog, was so that I could perhaps share that with everyone - with people who may not be able to watch the games.
But now I'm one of those people who may just not be able to watch all the games anymore. And I'm not sure what to do next...