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Jun. 19th, 2011


Learning from the Can-Am League

I was dragged to a Can-Am game on Friday night. It was really painful, actually.

That's the thing with independent leagues, though. With the best players possible playing in leagues affiliated with Major League teams, you've got the players who are left trying to hang onto what's left of their baseball careers there. Occasionally, you'll find washed up former Major Leaguers there, as well. It's oddly depressing to watch because you know all these players are thinking about what could have been when they take the field. They wonder who they might have been drafted by, who they could have become with amazing coaching and guidance, and where this game could have taken them had they just caught the right scout's eye or been a better player.

It puts the game into perspective, in a way, when you watch these players giving their all in a league that doesn't really matter to anybody. It still matters to them.

The next time you go to insult the quality of play in a Can-Am game, remember how those players are seriously giving their all and wishing they could be playing somewhere better. They're putting out the best possible effort that they can. They're clinging to the game. They're not giving up on their dreams just yet. Remember that - especially if you've given up on some of yours.

Jun. 8th, 2011

Junta and myself

Gratuitous Furuta Video Of The Day

I get bored sometimes and find things.

They're doing pitcher analysis, if you can't tell.

Jun. 3rd, 2011



Yakult is in first place. I just thought you'd like to know. This is not a common occurrence.

Jan. 18th, 2010


Igarashi Ryota, for the unacquainted

Because I haven't posted in forever, I will announce BMU's return trip to watch Spring Training with a little footage of Igarashi Ryota, long-time Yakult Swallows reliever. For those unaware, he's recently signed with the Mets, so we'll be watching him on a regular basis soon enough.

This one makes him look good, so I'll put it before the shorter, more informative-sounding clip.

And there we go. Just figured I'd let everyone know that I'm not dead or anything. Not that Junta wouldn't have told you.

Nov. 16th, 2009


We're being attacked...by jellyfish. Really.

I'm not sure whether to blame Nomura Katsuya or Echizen Ryoma for this.

Basically, over the past several years, we've begun to be attacked by giant jellyfish. They've decided that now is the time to launch their assault - earlier this year they sank a fishing boat by getting caught in the net and pulling it over until it capsized - and they're invading the Sea of Japan.

I just enjoy blaming Nomura for things because he scares me. And look at these things: they're honestly huge.

They almost look fake to me, although I've known about them for a few years now. It's just that they're being brought to international attention now. Now we have to just kick the Prime Minister into doing something about them before both people and the jellyfish get hurt.

Oct. 9th, 2009


Say what?

Somebody please tell me how we actually made the playoffs. Please.

Oct. 7th, 2009


So this was a long time coming...

Two quick things, because it's been an eternity since I posted anything:


2. ...way to fail, Swallows. Way to fail.

Jul. 21st, 2009


So this was interesting...

I suppose our mock government over here is going to decide to replace Junta with Junta. Our new goal is to have Junta accumulate as many political positions as he possibly can by 2012, when he will fight with the Antichrist, Haruna Motoki, to restore the Kingdom of Buck Ewing.

That probably makes absolutely no sense and I get the feeling people reading it are going to think I'm really drunk. It's just a very complicated inside joke at BMU that came about after we watched a documentary on Armageddon and we somehow concluded that Haruna was the Antichrist and Junta had to be the Second Coming of Christ and had to stop Haruna using his Bible Game powers. Because that totally clarifies the above statement completely.

(Buck Ewing was the first catcher elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. I figured that if Junta started his own religion, it would revolve around the people he loves the most.)

Also, 1863_project is excited because Eddie Plank was the featured Hall of Famer on the Cooperstown website today.

Jun. 17th, 2009


It's not often that I can gloat about my NPB team, but...


Ignore the fact that the final score was 14-10 because our pitching staff is occasionally inept.


Jun. 15th, 2009


I'm getting old. Joy.

So...as I'm writing this, it's still technically my birthday. This might end up being posted after my birthday ends, though.

We spent the weekend in Philadelphia running around the Franklin Institute (which was entertaining, given that they have a bullpen on the third floor as well as a place for 1863_project to play with dominoes), watching what was essentially Mystery Science Theatre 3000 live, and attending a less-than-stellar outing from Josh Beckett at Citizens Bank Park (we were next to some intelligent Phillies fans, at least, but there was the inevitable drunk right behind us that always ends up behind you no matter what ballpark you go to).

We got back to the home in which soprano_no_eiji lives late Sunday night, and today we celebrated my birthday by going to Cosi for lunch and then IKEA and an odd collectables store. We ended up purchasing a plush beaver (and a toy for the kitten) at IKEA, which we proceeded to carry around the mall. It got us...well, a lot of stares. And then at the other store, someone decided it would be a good idea to find a $2 eraser and buy it and pretend it was all he was getting me for my birthday. (I still love you, Junta.) 1863_project then acquired a new pair of shoes, which she plans to paint our high school logo on because she's creepy, and we went bowling. Junta seems to think pitching and bowling are very similar and actually falls off to the side and balances himself with his leg when he lets go of the ball. It's funny.

Two quick images...Collapse )

I suppose that's all for now (I still have to really explain our early exit from the college baseball postseason at some point when I'm less busy - Junta told me "later" on the train today, so tonight's not the night). Someone remind me to do that...

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