ALCS Game 4: Japanese Hordes, Kenny Lofton’s Mom, and, Yes, More on LeBron’s Headgear

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Curt Schilling tries to include Daisuke in the fun.
Damn, the Indians are good at scoring seven runs in an inning, aren’t they? Having recruited Terry Pluto to smuggle me into Jacobs Field last night in his rolling knaps ack, I was able to make the above observation about baseball, and the following observations about more important things: 1. As was the case in the ALDS, there was a horde of Japanese reporters on hand for last night’s game. They came to the Yankees’ games to cover Hideki Matsui. Because there are too many of them to fit into the locker rooms without a naked ballplayer getting trampled, the Japanese reporters have to wait outside. When the exhausted Japanese players emerges on his way to the team bus, the mob utilizes centrifugal force to slam the guy against the wall and grill him under camera lights. For this series, the Japanese reporters are here to follow starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka and, to a lesser extent, reliever Hideki Okajima.
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