Adventures from the Far East and Beyond

Bobby’s Last Post October 29, 2009

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Ottawa – Oh dear. I just finished re-reading Bobby Valentine’s last blog post on “Bobby’s Way.” It was written on July 26th (http://www.bobbysway.jp/), marking his announcement to leave the Chiba Lotte Marines after the 2009 season. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to see him with the team one last time when I visited the stadium in early September. The one game I managed to catch was just so good, baseball was fun again!

It was one of the best games I saw the Marines play to date. When I got to the stadium, I could hardly believe my eyes. The roster was stellar. So many of my favourite players (i.e. Imae, Fukuura, Saburo, Satozai, Tsuryoshi etc.) were on the roster and to top it off, Tsuyoshi, Iguchi, Saburo, and Satozaki all hit home runs! We even beat the Fighters 9-2 that night. Sometimes the Fighters seem unstoppable but not that night.

Looking back, the 2009 season was a challenging seasons for both the fans and the management. I could feel the tension when I visited the field the next day. I truly, truly hope that 2010 brings a new chapter to the team and I look forward to catching more of Bobby’s great work on this side of the ocean.

You can catch Bobby on ESPN as an analyst on “Baseball Tonight” and on 1050 ESPN Radio in New York. 2010 here we come!


Kazuya Fukuura (no.9) X 1500 games! August 20, 2009

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CHIBA CITY- Kazuya Fukuura played in his 1500th pro-baseball game on August 19th against the Orix Buffaloes. Congratulations! It seems fitting since Fukuura’s Pacific League debut took place against the Buffaloes on July 5, 1997. He is the 166th person to have played in 1500 games. Wow. That’s a lot of games.


(Just looked through my photos from last year. Don’t have a good one of Fukuura – it’s probably because I end up cheering and singing along to his song when he is up to bat. He has such a good song too. Gotta go to a game soon!)


Japan Times story on Trey Hillman May 31, 2009

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OTTAWA – Success! We came out of our first softball game with a 17-6 (?) win. That was fun. I managed to get in three runs and even hit a double. Not too shabby for a first game. Unfortunately, our last game was canceled due to bad weather. It’s bloody cold here this week. I think it was 8 degrees C this morning. Not what I would expect on the last day of May. I’m putting together a presentation for the new JETs leaving Ottawa this summer on the Japanese workplace environment. Thought that the Japan Times would have some interesting articles to rummage through. I didn’t have to go very far before coming across an article on Trey Hillman, former manager of the Nippon Ham Fighters. You can see the classic Japanese workplace values come through in the story. i.e. patience, relationships, saving face, following form etc.
It’s worth a quick read: http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/sb20090531j2.html


Softball May 20, 2009

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OTTAWA – The Marines are on a roll! They have won two out of three games during their match-ups with the Golden Eagles, Softbank Hawks, and Seibu Lions. Now they are up to third place. The Fighters are doing really well too. They are three wins ahead of the Eagles, securing first place.

I’m seriously considering flying out to Japan at the end of the summer just to catch up on some Pacific league baseball. I’m not sure if I could live with myself knowing that I missed a season that could possibly be Bobby’s last. It makes me so sad to think that Chiba could lose Bobby… So, to make up for the big gaping hole in my life AKA lack of live Japanese baseball, I have joined a recreational softball team. Can’t pitch to save my life but am sure that I will come out of this with a bigger appreciation for baseball.

p.s. I’m loving the picture of Imae and Karakawa on the Marines website from Tuesday’s Baystar win.


Yu Darvish & WBC Bowman Baseball Cards March 26, 2009

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OTTAWA – Tried tracking down a place that sells baseball cards in downtown Ottawa yesterday. No luck. Wanted to find a place that would be getting in a box of the much-anticipated 2009 Bowman Baseball cards in May. The box features 20 Exclusive World Baseball Classic Rising Stars including Yu Darvish. Go Darvish! I figured since I can’t find Japanese baseball cards here, I might as well try to get North American ones. Turns out that no such place exists in downtown Ottawa. Please let me know if you know a place that sells baseball cards. Thanks!

Pitcher Yu Darvish's first North American card

Pitcher Yu Darvish's first North American card


Seibu goes on to Nippon Series October 22, 2008

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SAITAMA – What a great year for the Lions! Holy. They finished 5th last season and they have gone on to  beat the Nippon Ham Fighters in the Climax Series to head to the Nippon Series. I’ve been following some of the games in digest form for free through the Japan iTunes site. They Lions stepped up their game and have been giving out game digests in the format of podcasts: http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=292622794

In conclusion:  Hideaki Wakui > Ryan Glynn


Internets September 16, 2008

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OTTAWA – Am back in action. Just had my internet set up in my new place. Will be posting stories/thoughts/pictures soon.