Posts Tagged ‘Yomiuri Giants

03
Nov
09

President Bush Still Has It!

Japan Baseball BushWhile he was in Japan, former President George W. Bush threw out the first pitch before game 3 of the Japan Series currently being held between the Yomiuri Giants and Nippon Ham Fighters.

Rolling up to the mound in a Yomiuri jacket, Bush toed rubber Tuesday before bouncing one in the dirt.

He watched the game, which the Giants won 7-4 in a private box with the Japanese Prime Minister, the US Ambassador and Sadaharu Oh, the Japanese home run king.

Protesters against the military actions in Afghanistan and Iraaq  outside the stadium marched and held signs saying things like: “Arrest Bush,” “The King of War,” and “Bush Go to Jail.”

One demonstrator threw his shoes at a photo of the former president, copying the Iraqi journalist who had thrown his shoes at the actual Bush during a December news conference in Baghdad.

It’s nice to see that despite being out of office for 10 months Bush is still in mid-season form in having people hate him. That’s the experience of a veteran.

[AP]

08
May
09

This Pitch Made Him Want to Cry

Japan Angels and DemonsIt should be required that if you star in a baseball related movie, even if you don’t play in the film, that you should be capable of throwing the ball. Tom Hanks, currently in Japan with Ron Howard to promote their abomination Angels and Demons — the ending to which Ron Darling revealed during the Mets game the other day — was invited to throw the first pitch between the Yomiuri Giants and Chunichi Dragons. Ron Howard lined up behind the plate, and despite taking several warm-up tosses in the bullpen prior, Hanks’ pitch bounced several feet in front of the plate.

“Tons of practice and I bounced it in the dirt, I’m humiliated” Hanks said. “I went from the rush of being in the sacred spot to the humiliation of being mortal.”

Hanks said he has been impressed with Japanese baseball over the years.

“I think it’s a great game,” said Hanks. “I think a lot of the teams could compete (with major league teams) but I’ve only seen one game.”

[AP]

09
Feb
09

Alfonzo Makes Return to Baseball

Here’s a news story special for loyal reader Youppi:

The Yomiuri Giants of Japan’s Central League have signed former major league infielder Edgardo Alfonzo to a one-year contract worth $380,000.

The Giants signed the 35-year-old Venezuelan after giving him a tryout at their spring training camp.

“It’s an honor to become a member of the Giants and I’ll play my hardest to contribute to the team,” Alfonzo said Monday.

Alfonzo has 1,532 hits and a .284 batting average over 12 seasons in the major leagues, mostly with the New York Mets with later spells with the San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Angels and Toronto Blue Jays.

His last season in the majors was 2006 when he had 11 hits and five RBIs in 30 games with the Angels and Blue Jays.

Since leaving the majors, he had played in Mexico and in the independent Atlantic League.

I have nothing to add…

…except that this cover is hilarious.




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