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#Blogathon Guest Post from Sunny Shimizu – @NPBBaseball

#Blogathon Guest Post from Sunny Shimizu – @NPBBaseball

It is way too difficult to choose a single favorite baseball moment, but I would say that I have to pick my favorite baseball moment out of the games I watched live.

Being in the middle of the famous (infamous?) Japanese cheering section in the outfield in the decisive game 7 of the Japan series was an experience I will never forget.

The heavily favored home-team Giants easily scored in the 1st on a wild pitch and tacked on another with sensation Hayato Sakamoto’s homer in the 2nd.  Nobody thought that the visiting Lions stood a chance.  But, pinch hitter Hiram Bocachica belted a surprise solo shot into left field to start the scoring for the Lions.

Speedster Yasuyuki Kataoka pretty much ran around the bases on no hits to tie the game at 2-2.  Lights-out middle reliever Daisuke Ochi walked 3rd string catcher Kosuke Noda (who was 1 for 9 for the season!) which led to a go ahead single by Hirosi Hirao and the Lions were the Japan champs.

Fan of one team or not, what a great moment to see the last pitch of the season.


Sunny Shimizu blogs about Japanese baseball in English at and you can follow him Twitter as well – @npbbaseball.

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This post was contributed by a guest for our #Blogathon. You can find more information about the author within the actual post. We'd like to thank everyone who contributed in our effort to raise money for The V Foundation.

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