Tokyo Swallows Podcast 03 (September, 2011)

Hosts David Watkins and Christopher Pellegrini summarize the ups and downs of September and preview what is to come in the tight Central League pennant race between the Tokyo Swallows and the Chunichi Dragons.

Episode three was recorded just a few hours prior to last night’s game against the Hiroshima Carp.

Dave and Christopher also talk about Tokyo’s beleaguered bullpen, answer some listener questions, and end the show by sharing their predictions about how things will turn out.

There’s no intro-outro music this time around as Dave decided to go in a new direction with the beginning of the show. Apologies for the temporary change, but Dave’s creativity is not to be dismissed.

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We’ll be putting out a fourth episode before the playoffs begin so as to summarize what happened in the pennant race and how the playoffs look to unfold.

Thanks for listening!

Previous episodes:

TS Podcast 01

TS Podcast 02

About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo's more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it's a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini

  • I enjoyed especially the Ochiai part.  I was wondering some of his adherents were responsible for the epidemic, too.

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  • David, you forgot a concrete anecdote regarding the lows to which Hanshin fans go, that being our experience at Koshien in 2009, when Tateyama pitched a 5-0 complete game shutout.

    Listeners, some people will tell you that Hanshin fans at Koshien are not as bad as Hanshin fans in Tokyo. This is true only before the game.

    • Kozo

      That’s not quite true.

      If the two teams end up with the same number of wins the CL champ will win the series, but they still do need to win an equal or more number of games than the challengers. The ’08 CL CS (for which I’m assuming you’re basing your assertion) ended after 5 games, not because the tie in Game 3 was counted as a win for the Giants, but because even if the Dragons won the last 2 games the 3-3-1 record would go to the Giants rendering the rest of the series moot. While the tie essentially counts as a win it’s not quite a win.

      For example, if the champs lose 3 games and tie 3, they will not advance to the Japan Series since the lower seeded team won more games.

      • True, Kozo. I was overstating my case in a failed attempt to lean on the absurdity. A more accurate rendering would be that the champion gets the advantage if all else is tied (as you say), or that the onus is on the challenger to win four games before the champion wins three.

        The even more bitter and less rational (although still true like a novel can be true) part says that when the current system goes against Yomiuri, we’ll see it changed. (The more honest, and deeper, part of me says we should be out and Chunichi should be playing game one of the Japan Series against Fukuoka this weekend, but I’ll not repeat that for a while.)

        • And better believe Ochiai will have no hesitation in locking things down, wasting time and firmly going for those ties too.

  • Okawari Phil

    Thanks for the lowdown on the Tigers guys.
    If your not happy about me hanging on to the Hanshin ‘cheer bats’ I was given, you’ll hate what I have in my closet… a Giants road jersey!
    My only defence is I was young and the guys I played with (the Regents Park Eagles) where all Giants fans (except two Kintetsu Buffaloes fans).

    • I am petty enough to feel revenge through your typos, Phil. Given that you’re one of our most loyal commenters, I am too deeply conflicted to go any further.

  • Okawari Phil

    I suppose I should be grateful YOU’RE not pulling me up on my (correct) spelling of defenSe Garrett?
    Thinking about it, my Hanshin cheer bats are long and thin (not the usual fat ‘comedy’ bats) and connected by a chain, maybe they double as Nunchaku?

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