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If you're reading this as I post, you must live on the East Coast
2006-10-10 03:54
by Bob Timmermann

TOKYO - My watch, which has two times listed on it, says it's pushing 4 am on the West Coast of the U.S., but it's just shy of 8 pm here in Tokyo. I'm ensconsed in a hotel which is right next to Haneda Airport in Tokyo where I will board a flight tomorrow for Sapporo to go see the first two games of the Pacific League playoffs.

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters will send their young ace, Yu Darvish, out to the hill in Game 1. Darvish was 12-5 with a 2.89 ERA with 115 Ks in 149 IP. The Softbank Hawks of Fukuoka haven't named their starter yet (or they may have and I just can't read it.) If the Hawks get a win in either of the two games in Sapporo, then I get to make the long journey down to Fukuoka, which is on the opposite end of the country from Sapporo (consult your local atlas).

Because of the time my flight was scheduled to land, I was not allowed to be booked on to a connecting flight to Sapporo tonight and I have to wait till morning. Of course, since I was isn't in a hurry, I went through immigration, baggage claim, and customs in a record pace. And the flight was 30 minutes early.

But I kick back and hope to stay awake until the end of the Chunichi Dragons-Yomiuri Giants game that's on right now. It's tied 3-3 after 7 innings. If the Dragons win, they clinch the Central League title.

As for tomorrow night's game, I've been told that U.S. residents should be able to watch the game online through Yahoo Japan. If you want try this link. The game will start Wednesday night at 6 pm, which would be 2 am PT, or 5 am ET.

Or you can wait until you get up and I should have something written for you.

UPDATE - The Chunichi Dragons scored six runs in the 12th inning at the Tokyo Dome to beat the Giants 9-3 and wrap up the Central League pennant. They last won in 2004. Tyrone Woods homered twice and drove in seven runs, including a grand slam in the 12th.

2006-10-10 04:51:16
1.   Slikk
Unfortunately for me, I live on the West Coast. :(
2006-10-10 05:13:07
2.   dianagramr
(waving to Bob) :-)
2006-10-10 05:16:43
3.   Bob Timmermann
3-3 Dragons and Giants in the 10th.
2006-10-10 06:13:10
4.   Sam DC
Hi Bob!

[oh wait, what does that mean again]

2006-10-10 06:14:14
5.   Nagman
Hi Bob,hope you are having a fun trip so far. As I read your post it reminded me of when I was a child living in Japan (mostly the 70's) watching "Japan's Team", the Tokyo (Yomiuri) Giants, that the TV broadcast would end at a fixed time regardless. Thus, we rarely got to see the end of the game.

I don't remember if this policy changed during the playoffs, but I was wondering if it remains as such today during the regular season.

That concept wouldn't go over very well here.

2006-10-10 06:28:26
6.   Vishal
or you could be in asia too! go dragons!
2006-10-10 10:18:59
7.   Bob Timmermann
Ahh, the joys of jet lag. I was dead tired. And slept for three hours.

This game was shown on TV until its completion because it was a potential pennant-clinching game I believe. But other games during the regular season would go off early. If the Dragons hadn't scored in the top of the 12th and held the Giants down too, it would have been a tie.

2006-10-10 11:53:40
8.   Robert Fiore
Conversation I like to imagine:

Timmerman: I realize you don't pay for blogging, but could you pay for expenses?

Baseball Toaster: Well, sure, I suppose so.

Timmerman: Heh heh heh heh . . .

2006-10-10 19:16:39
9.   Robert Daeley
The title is quite poetic:

If you're reading this as I post
You must live on the East Coast
If you read this some other time
You might just miss my clever rhyme


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