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.

Tokyo Swallows Podcast 22 (August, 2014)

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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 […]

Monday Bullets #18 (The Schedule Edition)

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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. It was a fairly nondescript week off the field for the Swallows. The Swallows went 3-2 on the week including a two game sweep of the BayStars. […]

Aug 23rd 2014, vs Yokohama

Ishikawa's questionable spin move ultimately did not factor in tonight's game.

August 23rd, 2014 Yokohama BayStars 2 Tokyo Swallows 4 Streak: LLWLW  Last 5: Won 1 (Matsuyama Botchan Stadium)  The Swallows made their annual trip to Matsuyama to play a home-away-from-home series. Thanks to their choice of opponent the Swallows actually got the home team treatment from the crowd. The BayStars drew first blood against Ishiyama […]

Aug 21st 2014, vs Yomiuri

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August 21st, 2014 Yomiuri Giants 6 Tokyo Swallows 5 Streak: LLLWL  Last 5: Lost 1 (Meiji Jingu Stadium) Just as a change of pace I’ve written tonight’s game report in the style of a emo teenager. There is a profound emptiness that one feels sitting in a windless Jingu Stadium at 21:30 in mid-August. In […]

Monday Bullets #17 (Post-Hiatus Edition)

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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. I am back from vacation and I’m eager to restart this feature. This week we’ll take a look at the new Interleague schedule that will take effect […]

Aug 16th 2014, @ Chunichi

Arakai ponders his fate while Hatake is no doubt thinking of dinner.

August 16th, 2014  Tokyo Swallows 0 Chunichi Dragons 6 Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: LWLWL (Nagoya Dome) The Swallows will only go as far as our offense will them. Unfortunately, Daisuke Yamai completely owned the Swallows in the pitcher friendly Nagoya Dome this afternoon. All the while Nagisa Arakaki had yet another wild game in […]

Aug 14th 2014, @ Hiroshima [Called Game]

Rainout

August 14th, 2014 Tokyo Swallows 0 Hiroshima Carp 0 Streak: Lost 1    Last 5: WLLWL (Mazda Zooooom Zoooooom Stadium) The Swallows and Carp attempted to start a game in the rain but the game was stopped with no outs and a man on first in the top of the second. After over an hour […]