Fidel Castro on Hara

March 11, 2009

Being a fan of baseball, I'm of course following the WBC (World Baseball Classic), which warts and all (though less warts than last time) is shaping up to be an exciting, interesting and meaningful tournament.  Ichiro's annual slow start is torture as usual and Johjima's play gives me hope as a Mariners fan (not sure if Clement is going to last with his knees bent).  Japan's first game against China was interesting enough and it seems the Chinese are getting better and better each time they play internationally (they beat Taiwan!).  The blowout against Korea (14-2!) seemed to so un-Japanese that the subsequent 0-1 loss in the rematch almost soothed me.  One thing that seems to have folks scratching their heads is Hara's decision to have Nakajima bunt with Ichiro on first with one out.  Cuba's top baseball fan also was left puzzled by that decision.<div>
</div><blockquote class="webkit-indent-blockquote" style="margin: 0 0 0 40px; border: none; padding: 0px;">The game between the teams from Japan and South Korea, Cuba's strongest opponents, took place on Monday March 9. The score was 1-0 in favor of the latter and Japan only had two more opportunities to bat.</blockquote><blockquote class="webkit-indent-blockquote" style="margin: 0 0 0 40px; border: none; padding: 0px;">
The dangerous and emblematic Ichiro, who had already failed on three occasions, hit a single.</blockquote><blockquote class="webkit-indent-blockquote" style="margin: 0 0 0 40px; border: none; padding: 0px;">
The Japanese coach ordered a bunt from the second - and without doubt first-rate - batter of the team, and as a result, presented the opponents with their second out.

</blockquote><blockquote class="webkit-indent-blockquote" style="margin: 0 0 0 40px; border: none; padding: 0px;">I am sure that, for our experienced team, that would seemed an error whichever elemental way it is analyzed.</blockquote><blockquote class="webkit-indent-blockquote" style="margin: 0 0 0 40px; border: none; padding: 0px;">
</blockquote>今回は第1ラウンドから盛り上がっているWBCと日本だけど、先日の韓国との第2戦での中島選手へのバントの指示に対しては少しは「あれはどうかね?」って思っている人はいるだろうけど(日本スタイルの野球なのかもしれないが)、キューバのカストロ元議長も疑問を感じたらしく、自分のブログに上記の通り書いていた。WBC、おもしろいね。

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