About Kozo Ota

Kozo Ota is a third-generation Swallows fan that grew up on Montreal Expos baseball. When he's not at Jingu, he works as a freelance translator/interpreter to make enough money to go to Jingu. You can find random posts by Kozo on Google+ and Twitter.

Sept 15th 2014, vs Hanshin

Chris Narveson can't catch a break.

September 15th, 2014 Hanshin Tigers 5 Tokyo Swallows 3 Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: WLWDL (Meiji Jingu Stadium) Another day, another wasted Chris Narveson start. JIngu Stadium was packed because of the National holiday and for “Balentien Memorial Day” which marked the one year anniversary of Balentien breaking the NPB single season home run record. […]

Sept 13th 2014, @ Chunichi

Yuhei wins the game on a single swing.

September 13th, 2014  Tokyo Swallows 2 Chunichi Dragons 1 Streak: Won 1  Last 5: LLWLW (Nagoya Dome) Ishiyama pitched the Swallows’ sixth quality start in a row. Unfortunately Ishiyama, like many of the starters before him, wasn’t able to get the win. Fortunately the team was able to pull a last minute comeback to come […]

Sept 11th 2014, @ Yokohama

A fine team effort.

September 11th, 2014 Tokyo Swallows 3 Yokohama BayStars 2 Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LWLLW (Yokohama Stadium) The Swallows finally got to face the BayStars bullpen and they squeaked out a dramatic late inning victory to salvage their trip to Yokohama. Although the Swallows offense still couldn’t get anything going in the first inning. The […]

Monday Bullets #20 (Looking Ahead Edition)


Monday Bullets is a feature in which Tsubamegun writers (mostly Kozo) gather random news, thoughts, images, movies, etc. during the week and publish them for off day consumption. True to the original concept of this feature this week’s bullets are truely a random assortment of news. As Dave noted in his game write up on […]

Sept 6th 2014, vs Yomiuri

There's reason we censor his name in the lineups.

September 6th, 2014 Yomiuri Giants 5 Tokyo Swallows 2 Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: LWLWL (Meiji Jingu Stadium) If you’re a Swallows fan that didn’t catch tonight’s game, all you need to know is that Chono is a bad bad man and that he deserves to go to hell for inflicting pain into the hearts […]

Sept 4th 2014, vs Chunichi

The moment the Swallows really lost the game.

September 4th, 2014 Chunichi Dragons 5 Tokyo Swallows 1 Streak:  Lost 1  Last 5: WWLWL (Meiji Jingu Stadium) The Swallows lost the series against the Dragons and fell behind a game in the race for fifth place. The game ultimately came down to one moment. The game was tied 1-1 going into the seventh inning […]

Tokyo Swallows Podcast 22 (August, 2014)


After the positivity-cast last time, the boys have come down with a bad case of negativity. Dave is descending into madness, Chris has taken to drinking too much shochu, and Kozo’s sold his soul to the devil (a.k.a DeNA). Tune into a short but sweet discussion between the three Tsubamegun writers about August. This episode […]

Monday Bullets #19 (August Roundup Edition)

Can you tell which glove belonged to Tony Barnette?

Monday Bullets is a feature in which Tsubamegun writers (mostly Kozo) gather random news, thoughts, images, movies, etc. during the week and publish them for off day consumption. Chris, Dave, and I recorded a podcast a few nights ago and it should be going up very soon. The podcast ended up being a bit of […]

Aug 30th 2014, @ Hanshin

Ishiyama clocked another win.

August 30th, 2014 Tokyo Swallows 4 Hanshin Tigers 1 Streak: Won 1   Last 5: LLWLW (Koshien Stadium) The Swallows cruised to a smooth win thanks to some solid pitching by Ishiyama. The offense probably left some runs on the table, but who cares? We won! The Tigers actually struck first in the second inning. […]

Aug 28th 2014, @ Hiroshima

Ishikawa got his tenth win. The first time in three seasons he's reached double digit wins.

August 28th, 2014 Tokyo Swallows 6 Hiroshima Carp 3 Streak: Won 1   Last 5: WWLLW (Mazda Zooooom Zoooooom Stadium) After a very rough start Ishikawa pitched like the ace we need him to be and the Swallows managed to avoid a sweep at Hiroshima. The Swallows struck first with a lead off single by […]