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Monday, October 31, 2005

Breakfast of Champions


Just now, while eating my bowl of "Mickey's Magic" cereal, I was the most furious I've ever been at breakfast. I was completely livid. What could be so infuriating about little star shapes covered in pink and purple sparkly sugar (that turns milk a pretty color to boot)? Only one thing of course: the lack of marshmallows.
Oh yes. Back a few months ago, there were marshmallows. But now, the (certainly inferior--not Lucky Charms--quality) marshmallows of yestermonth have been replaced by little crappy graham cracker-ish Disney Character faces.
Let's make one thing clear: (cereal + marshmallows) + graham crackers = brilliant; (cereal + marshmallows) + graham crackers - marshmallows = A TRAVESTY! I am so angry. Now I'm going to go to work and have a bad day. And it's Monday. And there will be no Trick or Treating because I'm in Japan.
DAMN YOU KELLOG'S OF JAPAN!

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Swept Away!

Tonight, Lotte finished off a 4 game sweep of Hanshin in the Nihon series with a 3-2 victory. Bobby Valentine's team outscored the Tigers 33-4 over the four game series. Except for the final game, the series was so lopsided, Hanshin fans accused the Marines of every dirty trick from corked bats and juiced balls to steriods on the hanshintigers.com message boards.

Valentine became the first foreigner to lead a team to victory in the Nihon Series. Now he wants his team to take on the winner of the North American World Series. In an article on ESPN.com, Bobby V asserts, that "Watching our guys all season and the World Series on TV, I can tell you the level of play [between Japan and America] is equal." And while he might have been drinking a little too much of the victory kool-aid before he made that statement, I do agree that his team is pretty tight. What's more, they were arguably not even the best team in Japan this year--the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks (who Lotte beat in the Pacific League Championships) were probably the better team.

I don't know if either of those teams could hold up for a whole season in the Big Leagues back home. But I do think they would be a lot better than the Royals or D-Rays, that's for sure.

I doubt we'll see the White Sox playing the Marines this November--nor will we see any other US team coming over here after winning the Series (or vice versa) any time soon. Still, it's nice to see that Bobby really cares about his team and believes about what he's doing enough to make statements like the ones he made tonight. Somehow I don't see most American players or coaches having the same sort of open mind.

Ok. I promise to lay off the Valentine/Lotte lovefest for awhile.

Goodnight.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Insomnia

3am. Time to go running. I gotta break this stupid pattern. Babylon 5 is on. Cable TV is weird.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Valentine's Marines

click/I am not gonna criticize Japanese baseball. Much. Now. Yes, there are ties. You can't boo players on the other team. You get flowers if you hit a homerun. After a single with less than 2 outs, the next player MUST BUNT or commit seppuku. Astroturf. Etc. But despite the fact that Benny Agbayani is good enough to be one of the most feared sluggers in the Japan Leagues (which means he walks every other at-bat), it's still baseball, and they do really love the game over here. I guess that's why one of my favorite managers (forever to be remembered for coming out of the clubhouse with a fake nose and mustache to try to fool the umps after he had been ejected from a Mets' game), Bobby Valentine would rather be over here.
This year, Bobby has led the Chiba Lotte Marines to the Japan Series for the first time in 31 years. Their opponents are the (Osaka) Hanshin Tigers, by far the second most popular team in Japan. And Lotte is stomping all over the kitty-cats, outscoring them 20-1 over their first two games (even though one of the games was called short due to fog.

Maybe a lot of people back in the states probably think that Valentine is making a mistake. After all, I bet you he'd be making more money as the skipper of the Dodgers, or the Devil Rays. But on the other hand, I tend to think that Japanese players are probably not on steroids. They definitely get the concept of team play. They aren't gonna talk back to their manager either--it's kind of like Mr. Baseball. Or maybe he's just winning, and having fun, "Building our dream" (*team motto*). Plus the sushi is way better in Japan.

Anyway, good for Valentine. Go Marines!

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Hi Mom!


Mom, are you still checking my blog? I've been away for awhile! But I promise that now that I have internet again, I'll be updating way more often than ever before. 3, 4, maybe 5 times a day! And I'll have more penguins!

And... Also I think I'll always be wearing a headband! Because I don't care what they say, headbands make you look tough!
The one thing I can promise you is that there will be no more crappy posts where I just put up pictures of flowers. Because this is gonna be the sweetest blog ever! Woo!
Again!