Entering Enemy Territory – A Nagoya Diary, Part 4

‘M’ gets back to his traveloguing ways for the final installment of this story.

Pre-game. I feel the same as I did on Monday. Nervous and expectant. This walk up
Dragons Road isn’t helping.

Tonight our season will end or we will set up one of the most exciting
games in Swallows living memory tomorrow.

I’ve turned up to the stadium a lot earlier tonight. Fans steadily
streaming in. Some Jingu regulars and a few friends I have made over the
last five days coming to say hi. Not much chat. Too many nerves.

Pitchers just been announced. Big cheer for Tateyama but surprise from fans
around me that Yoshimi is pitching.

First three. The body is in the stadium. The mind is in a La La Land where we’ve already
won 20-0 and the Softbank have already conceded the Japan Series because it
is a long way to fly from Fukuoka to Tokyo to be humilitated by us… and
it’s only the bottom of the second…

My regular crowd are not here. Just me representing, so no one understands
my abuse of ‘Ero Oyaji Morino’ or ‘Hage Hage Hage Wadaaaaaa’.

After 5 days here I’m really getting very sick of the Chunichi chants. They
sound like a Walrus having a W@nk. If it is even possible I think they are
even more annoying than the Yomiurine.

Tats keeping it together here bottom of the second… and not responding to
my calls for a home run at the top of the third. Still, doing his primary
job at the bottom of the third.

Middle three. Top of the forth bazooka time. Tsubakuro shooting some T-shirts toward the
away fans. Third T-shirt goes high and drops straight into a fishing net
which has gone up high over the crowd held by a Chunichi fans wearing an
Ochiai shirt. Immediate boos from everyone around me.

Look at that blubber fly as Fatake manages to make it to first… but not
to second.

Half way through the game after 69 minutes. Tats still looking strong.

We managed to get a guy to third. Fukuchi not delivering.

Oh $hit

Last three? I don’t even know what to say. We’ve got six outs to score three runs. I
hope it happens. If it doesn’t, I think this will be the last thing I write
for this travelogue.

That’s all she wrote. What can be said? What’s done is done. Much love to all loyal Swallows
fans. Thanks to the Tsubamegun crew representing with their reports 24-7,
369 and their friendship. Big shout to MooreyTokyo – great to see you
today. Until next year… Power of Unity.

 

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

  • Anonymous

    Seriously impressive work from you there “M”.  4 out of 5 games in Nagoya is hardcore.  I am ruined after 2….  

    Come On You Birds!

  • Thank you so much for your reports.  Made me feel like I was there with you guys in Nagoya Dome.  I’m glad you’ve survived suspected food contamination and other nuisances!   
    Otsukaresama deshita!