May 12th 2013, vs Hanshin

May 12th, 2013 Hanshin Tigers  4 Tokyo Swallows 2 Streak: Lost 4   Last 5: WLLLL (Botchan Stadium – Matsuyama) Tokyo got an early lead and held onto it for most of the game thanks to Yagi’s solid start, but Hanshin won the game on a three-run effort in the top of the eighth. And guess […]

Apr 10th 2013, @ Chunichi

April 10th, 2013 Tokyo Swallows 4   Chunichi Dragons 2 Streak: Won 1    Last 5: LLWLW (Nagoya Dome) Tokyo’s two-man, high-kicking Chorus Line of Yasuhiro Ogawa and Kazuhiro Hatakeyama ruled the day as the Swallows managed to avoid a second consecutive dropped series. Chunichi’s Hector Luna was the only other player to have a […]

Tokyo Swallows Podcast 12 (February, 2013)

Welcome to the start of the 2013 Tokyo Swallows season! Spring Camp is already well under way, and Dave and Christopher invite a special guest onto the show to talk about the following Swallows-related news (in no particular order): Hatakeyama’s facial hair Iwamura’s return to the nest New uniforms! Last year’s battle with Chunichi in […]

Tokyo Swallows Podcast 06 (January, 2012)

A lot has happened since we last offered up our insights on what’s happening with your Tokyo Swallows. Some of the major goings-on include: Norichika Aoki has joined the Milwaukee Brewers Lastings Milledge was snagged as a free agent before signing with another major league club Orlando Roman was lured away from the Brother Elephants […]

Tokyo Swallows Podcast 05 (December 2011)

We’re back! It’s been a while since our last audio edition, but David and Christopher sat down again on a Sunday afternoon to make fun of each other a little bit and talk about everything that has happened since the Central League playoffs kicked off at Meiji Jingu Stadium at the end of October. After […]

Tokyo Swallows Podcast 04 (October 2011)

With only one game left to go in the regular season, hosts David Watkins and Christopher Pellegrini look ahead to the first stage of the playoffs which will be played at Jingu next weekend. After talking briefly about why the Swallows finished second in the Central League, David and Christopher move on to probable pitching […]

A Baseball Journey from Montreal to Tokyo

Howdy Tsubamegun readers! My name is Kozo Ota, and I was recently asked to become a contributor to this fine site. I hope to contribute posts that provide further information about the team, and about Japanese baseball. But I thought my first post should be about myself to lay out my bona fides, and to tell my story about how I came to be a Swallows fan.

How a Brummie got into Baseball

Black Sabbath, the spaghetti junction, HP Sauce, a balti and naan, a 13 year old mother pushing her baby around in a pram while chuffing on a Benson and Hedges – these are some things that spring to mind when one thinks of England’s second city, Birmingham. Baseball is absolutely not one of those things, […]