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Regular readers of Ningin know that I’m a big baseball fan, especially a big New York Yankees fan. Until recently, I thought America had the most passionate baseball fans in the world. Then I watched this documentary by Kenneth Eng on Koshien, the national high school baseball tournament in Japan. Prestigious alumni of Koshien includes current World Series MVP, Hideki Matsui and another World Series ring holder, Daisuke Matsuzaka. Baseball in Japan isn’t just a sport or a national past time, it’s an intricate bond that holds entire communities together on a local level and an entire nation together on a national level. Players don’t play for themselves or their teams, but for their coaches, their schoolmates, their family, and all their friends. Losing in Koshien is the equivalent of letting down all who supported them. I like that these games mean so much. It makes the competition all that more fun to watch and makes playing in them a once in a lifetime opportunity. More »

The World Baseball Classics (WBC) is happening again! It’s going to be as exciting as Olympic baseball! Even though I’m a baseball fan, I don’t really get excited about Olympic baseball, so I’m not really excited about the WBC. I started writing a long post about why I don’t think the WBC is good for baseball, but then it occurred to me that it has nothing to do with Ningin. So instead, here’s a preview and some notes about the Asian teams: More »

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