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 Post subject: Re: The New Knights | The Osaka Foxes
PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 11:27 pm 
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September 30, 2036
Tsutenkaku Tower, Shinsekai, Osaka
13:09


I handed my 1000 yen note to the man behind the counter to enter the observation deck of the Tsutenkaku Tower, perhaps Osaka’s most famous landmark. On this clear, crisp fall day, I came up here to look on-high at the people of Osaka, the people my team represented, and to think--primarily to think--about what to do moving forward. I stood in the circular, golden room, flanked on both sides by tourists and locals alike, all entranced by the pseudo-opulence presented by the tower, and the not-so-pseudo stunning view of the city the tower afforded.

I couldn’t help but eavesdrop on the other groups of people sharing the view with me.

“Didn’t Johjima tell you what he was doing the other night?” a young man in a blue sweatshirt said to the other, older man he was with.
“No.” he bluntly responded, eyes fixated on something else.
“Man… whatta a *(censored)*’ asshole.”

“...thirty.” said a woman who looked as if she was single handedly trying to reinstate ganguro fashion.
“You’re kidding me!” another woman, less garish, responded.
“Nah, and he rode…”

“Oh? And what’s that all about?” said someone on their phone, walking aimlessly around the deck.

“...never really been one for milk.”
“Yeah, but this is
special milk.”
“Don’t like that...”

“...really felt that ‘happy,’ per se.”
“You should come with me to yoga...”


I continued to look out the window. The streets below all leading to a hexagonal intersection, no longer in use for regular traffic. The autobuses passed by, almost rhythmically, every 10 minutes. With the passing of each bus, and therefore the passing of another 10 minutes, my thoughts began to really take hold.

I can’t believe any of this. I’m where I want to be and still, I’m not happy with where I am. I… every time something good happens to me, I seem to find a way to make it bad for myself. Why? Why do I do that? Why do I always think things are one step away from calamity?

Someone bumped into me, snapping me back to reality.
“Oh, shit, sorry.” He said.
“Uh, no worries.” I responded.

He walked away.

...I always seem to talk to myself in circles. I always go back to being afraid of making a mistake, or putting myself out there, or making myself vulnerable, or making an actual effort to be myself in front of others, or… whatever. I always *(censored)* wax poetic about that shit, and… why? Does it do anything to help me? I mean, honestly, it seems kinda clear that it most certainly does not. So why the hell am I doing it all the time?

I once again snapped back to the intersection. An autobus drove by. Another 10 minutes gone.

There are people on that autobus. People living their own lives with their own thoughts and fears and wants. To them, I’m no one. I’m probably a person they’ll never meet. To them, I don’t even exist. Damn… Maybe… Just looking out the window is enough today. We’ve got three more games to go until this horrid half-a-season comes to a close. That’s something to look forward to, no? I’ll just look out this window, appreciate the afternoon sky, and meditate on the future and not knowing what it’ll bring.

The sun’s light shone through the tower’s slanted window, from it the deck was comfortably warm. I looked out at the city, all its people living their own lives, self-absorbed in their own narratives. I wondered what their stories might be, who they might meet, and what may affect those tales. But I realized that, more than anything else, I had my own story to tell… somehow.

September 30, 2036
3L Apartment Complex, Unit 318
17:49


Before I left the Tsutenkaku Tower, I made sure to drop a 100 yen coin into the box in front of the Billiken statue, and rub his toes.

“This is really the way things are meant to be, huh?” I asked it
Naturally, it provided nothing but it’s wily smile in response.
“Haha. Please give us some luck, will ya?”


I sat on my couch, grabbed my phone, ordered dinner, and popped in my headphones.

Although the future may be uncertain, and maybe full of mistakes and failures, it’s the only thing that’s definitely coming. So… I’ll be ready for it.

I’m an Azuma, after all.

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 Post subject: Re: The New Knights | The Osaka Foxes
PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:09 am 
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this is excellent writing as usual, tweav. legitimately brought tears to my eyes

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 Post subject: Re: The New Knights | The Osaka Foxes
PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:11 am 
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October 3, 2036

This is it. This is finally it… Our last game of this lost season. Wonder if we’ll actually make it to 55? Hah! Now that’d be something.

At least we’re guaranteed the first draft pick for next year, if nothing else. Nonetheless, we’ve got the Eagles hosting to close us out.

Osaka Foxes (55-85-4) - 21
Rakuten Golden Eagles (77-63-4) - 20

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2|0|4|0|0|3|5|1|5|1 21|30|2 Foxes
1|2|0|4|0|1|4|1|7|0 20|33|0 Eagles
F/10

Foxes:

Lineup:
1. Izumi - 3B (6-7, 3 2B, BB, 2 RBI [52, 53])
2. Iijima - 2B (3-8, 2B, 2 RBI [69, 70])
3. Kobayashi - SS (5-5, 2 BB, 2 2B, 2 HR [32, 33], 8 RBI [102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109])
4. Suzuki - DH (1-6, BB, 1 RBI [73])
5. Nishizawa - CF (5-7, 3 2B, 2 RBI [80, 81])
6. Imanami - C (4-6, 2 2B, SF, HR [12], 4 RBI [61, 62, 63, 64])
7. Nakamoto - 1B (2-6, BB)
8. Abe - RF (1-6, BB, 1 RBI [61])
9. Hamazaki - LF (3-7, DP, 1 RBI [22])

Pitcher(s):
Mishima (4 IP, 7 R, 5 ER, 2 K, 1 BB)
Kobayashi (2 ⅔ IP, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 K)
Osada (1 ⅓ IP, 1 R, 1 ER)
Yamamoto (0 IP, 6 R, 6 ER)
Fujii (2 IP, 1 R, 1 ER)

Eagles:

Lineup:
1. Hijirisawa - CF (1-6, ROE, K, DP)
- Shimauchi - PH [CF] (0-1)
2. Morimoto - RF (4-6, 2B, ROE)
- Ginji - PH [RF] (1-1, HR [2], 2 RBI [18, 19])
3. McGehee - 3B (2-7, K, 1 RBI [128])
4. Jones - 1B (4-6, BB, HR [31], 1 RBI [82])
5. Masuda - DH (5-7, 3 2B, 4 RBI [40, 41, 42, 43])
- Matsui - PR
6. Fujita - SS (5-7, 2B, 3 RBI [64, 65, 66])
7. Okajima - LF (4-7, K, 2 2B, 4 RBI [24, 25, 26, 27])
8. Shima - C (2-7, HR [7], 2 RBI [68, 69])
9. Fujita - 2B (3-5, K)
- Iwasaki - PR [2B] (1-1)
- William - PH (0-1)

Pitcher(s):
Mima (2 ⅓ IP, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB)
Fukuda (2 ⅔ IP, 0 R, 1 BB)
Hasabe (1 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB)
Koyama (⅔ IP, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB)
Miyagawa (1 ⅔ IP, 6 R, 6 ER)
Saito (1 ⅔ IP, 1 R, 1 ER)

MVP:
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Kobayashi: Had perhaps the greatest line I’ve ever seen, going 5-5 with 2 walks, 2 doubles, 2 homeruns and an astonishing 8 RBI

WP: Fujii (9-7)
LP: Saitoh (3-4)
S: --

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“GOOD *(censored)* LORD.” whistled out of me after Fujii finally recorded the final out of this absolutely insane and grueling game.

We all walked back into the clubhouse.

“Holy shit, boys… If we didn’t win this one, I--I don’t know what I would’ve done. Like, honestly, good god. Good win, I suppose, but seriously don’t do this to me.”

This game featured a staggeringly low, considering the score, 4 lead changes and an amazing 41 combined runs scored on 63 (63!) hits. It all started to look a bit grim in the second inning, when our notably average fielding shortstop, Tomochika Kobayashi, let two groundballs slip right in between his legs and two runs would score for the Eagles, giving them their initial lead.

Kobayashi immediately made up for this in the next frame by hitting an absolute monster 2-run homerun to give us the lead once again.

The Eagles would go on to take the lead back, but with the bases loaded, Suzuki (of all people) walked to tie the game. Nishizawa then did his thing with a single down the line to once again, bringing the lead back to us.

And then all was good, right? We piled on the runs and managed to fly into the 9th with a tremendous 7 run lead. But… the bullpen pulled one of its usual disappearing acts.Yamamoto had a shameful outing, not even recording an out and letting up 6 runs. Fujii would come in and let up the tying run, sending the game to extras.

In the 10th, there was a miracle: Izumi blooped a single to center with one out to give us a lead and making the score an insane 21-20.

Fujii somehow managed to shut the door in the bottom half, and that was that. The highest scoring game in NPB history was over.


“This was kind of an amazing game. Almost a microcosm of our entire season so far, no?” I looked around the clubhouse, and for the first time, everyone (Even Suzuki!) was there, “An amazing offensive performance, a… uh… ‘interesting’ showing by the bullpen, and somehow, someway, a win. We may have only won almost like ⅖ of our games this year, but goddamn… some of the ones I was here for were exciting, haha!”

I stood up.

“This half a year, I’m going to be honest with you all, did not go as I had planned or even as I had hoped. We faced a lot of adversity, and wound up with the worst record in the league for it. There were times when I didn’t know what to do--what I could even do--and I wanted to leave. I know that may sound selfish, and I’m sorry that that’s how I felt. You guys didn’t deserve that… didn’t deserve me not giving it my best, and I’m sorry.” I sighed, “I’m sure this wasn’t what you guys wanted either, right? A last place finish like 40 games out of first place. But hell, we took that last *(censored)* game from the jaws of defeat, and that’s something that we can be proud of!”

There was a chorus of “yea!”s in response. A small one, sure, but one nonetheless.

“This last game, these final feelings, these are things we’ve gotta bring forward into 2037. We’ve got a chance to be something special… I can feel it in my bones. There is a surprising amount of promise on this team and there is sure a boatload of potential. Once we put it all together--once we get our goddamn act together, we’ll be right up there with the best. Put your faith in me, boys, and put your faith in yourselves. We can do this. The Foxes will be losers no more, count on that.

Now go home, get some rest, enjoy your winter, and come back with a fire that won’t go out. Bring it in.”

I put my hand out hoping, praying, that others would join in.

God, I hope at least a little bit of that got through to them…

It was slow, but a trickle of players came to join me. First Kobayashi, Izumi not too far behind. Then Asao and Fujii… More and more joined in.

“Alright.

Osakaaaaa Foxeeessssss!”

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Also, goddamn, Kobayashi was named Player of the Month for September, batting .397 with 7 homeruns and 36 RBI… Pretty damn strong finish to the year.

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this is excellent writing as usual, tweav. legitimately brought tears to my eyes

holy shit, tysm! That really means a lot c':

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 Post subject: Re: The New Knights | The Osaka Foxes
PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:45 am 
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GOOD GOD that score.......

#1 in the draft and #1 in my heart <3

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 Post subject: Re: The New Knights | The Osaka Foxes
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October 4, 2036
3L Apartment Complex, Unit 318, Kobe (Azuma Residence)
9:01


“...of the Month, Tomochika Kobayashi will take honors, batting an amazing .397 during September. He also hit 7 homeruns and racked up 36 RBI. There are some calling for him to take home the MVP this year, but…”
“He’s definitely not playing for a contender.”
“Haha, certainly not. The Foxes ended up finishing dead last this year, 41.5 games out of first place in the Pacific Lea--”

I switched off of Nippon Sports Now! and onto the much more relaxing Yakuza Wives show that has been a guilty pleasure of Yuki’s for a couple years now.

A gorgeous woman in her 30s named Kiyomi, was talking to her husband (maybe??) about… their daughter. And how afraid she was that she would be growing up in a dangerous environm--holy shit, she really looks like Tsuzumi…

Her husband, faced blurred, was, predictably, not receptive of her fears and dismissed her. She didn’t take too kindly to his dismissal and insi--wow, she really does look like Tsuzumi though, huh?


“...She really does look a lot like Tsuzumi. She’s absolutely stunning, though.” My thoughts broke out of my head, “...hunh.”

I found myself staring at the screen, at this woman with her dark brown, wavy bob haircut and vibrant brown eyes, arguing with a literal member of the literal yakuza and I was completely enamored.

I shook my head.

“Wha…?”

I shook it again, eyes closed.

“What the hell am I thinking about?”

I went into my bedroom and grabbed my bag.

I popped open my laptop and opened up my season’s Google Sheet to look at some of the year’s final stats.

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Fielders:

Name, Average, HR, RBI, OPS, Games Played [144 games/season]
Taiji Izumi, .303, 5 HR, 53 RBI, .733 OPS, 143 games

Tabito Iijima, .277, 12 HR, 70 RBI, .679 OPS, 139 games

Tomochika Kobayashi, .336, 33 HR, 109 RBI, 1.004 OPS, 144 games [led the league in doubles w 51 [11th highest all-time]]

Tadahiko Suzuki, .236, 17 HR, 73 RBI, .691 OPS, 142 games

Masaya Nishizawa, .316, 6 HR, 81 RBI, .777 OPS, 142 games

Yoshi Imanami, .306, 12 HR, 64 RBI, .796 OPS, 139 games

Meiya Nakamoto, .283, 7 HR, 67 RBI, .665 OPS, 143 games

Kazuaki Abe, .274, 10 HR, 61 RBI, .703 OPS, 140 games

Kazuki Hamazaki, .332, 4 HR, 22 RBI, .791 OPS, 106 games

Hideki Asao, .375, 0 HR, 5 RBI, .905 OPS, 46 games

Akashi Shirasaki, .000, 0 HR, 0 RBI, .000 OPS, 7 games

Sakuya Kanno, .167, 0 HR, 2 RBI, .453 OPS, 12 games

Saita Uchimura, .310, 0 HR, 3 RBI, .700 OPS, 75 games

Yamato Hoshi, .195, 3 HR, 25 RBI, .489 OPS, 108 games

Shinpei Sato, .250, 2 HR, 5 RBI, .871 OPS, 17 games

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 Post subject: Re: The New Knights | The Osaka Foxes
PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:03 pm 
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Name, ERA, IP, K, BB, WHIP, Appearances, W-L (S)

Hiromasa Mishima, 6.80 ERA, 139 IP, 109 K, 43 BB, 1.81 WHIP, 26 App, 3-11

Shousei Fujii, 5.87 ERA, 133 1/3 IP, 54 K, 31 BB, 1.66 WHIP, 27 App, 9-7

Hiroshi Kobayashi, 6.00 ERA, 120 IP, 57 K, 35 BB, 1.60 WHIP, 25 App, 2-13

Takayuki Inoh, 7.42 ERA, 108 IP, 53 K, 47 BB, 1.79 WHIP, 23 App, 3-13

Kensei Suda, 7.09 ERA, 120 2/3 IP, 57 K, 29 BB, 1.68 WHIP, 25 App, 6-8

Kouta Tanaka, 5.18 ERA, 107 2/3 IP, 45 K, 33 BB, 1.56 WHIP, 55 App, 4-5

Ryo Iwasaki, 5.52 ERA, 102 2/3 IP, 55 K, 26 BB, 1.41 WHIP, 78 App, 0-6 (1)

Itsuma Yamamoto, 5.36 ERA, 82 1/3 IP, 25 K, 28 BB, 1.66 WHIP, 78 App, 7-5 (19)

[injured for the entirety of Ryu being there with a broken leg] Kiyoshi Kagami, 2.68 ERA, 87 1/3 IP, 45 K, 32 BB, 1.28 WHIP, 15 App, 5-3

Shoji Ohhara, 3.77 ERA, 121 2/3 IP, 67 K, 28 BB, 1.31 WHIP, 78 App, 7-3 (1)

Fumito Kaga, 6.48 ERA, 90 1/3 IP, 59 K, 23 BB, 1.66 WHIP, 78 App, 6-6 (2)

Sakuma Osada, 5.74 ERA, 73 2/3 IP, 40 K, 18 BB, 1.43 WHIP, 75 App, 3-5 (9)

Our lineup was actually surprisingly solid, but it was completely undermined by perhaps the worst pitching staff across the board in NPB history. It’s a shame we didn’t have Kagami as a weapon at all in the back half, since he was by far the best pitcher on staff. Our team ERA was 5.73… Third best team batting average in the league though, at .286! (Knights led both with 2.90 and .298, respectively. As a team). Well, on to next year.

Also!

Final Standings for year:

Pacific League:

1. Kyoto Knights: 95-42-7
2. Rakuten Golden Eagles: 77-63-4, 19.5 GB
3. Chiba Lotte Marines: 72-69-3, 25.0 GB
4. Fukushima Bears: 67-73-4, 29.5 GB
5. Saitama Seibu Lions: 57-80-7, 38.0 GB
6. Osaka Foxes: 55-85-4, 41.5 GB

Central League

1. Sakai Samurai: 93-48-3
2. Yomiuri Giants: 89-52-1, 5.0 GB
3. Niigata Toki: 60-81-3, 33.0 GB
4. Chunichi Dragons: 59-80-5, 33.0 GB
5. Sendai Sakura: 59-82-3, 34.0 GB
6. Hiroshima Carp: 58-84-2, 35.5 GB

Worst record in the league baby!

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hoowee took me three gd years, but finally done with the season lol. I've got quite a bit more planned for this bad boi, so I hope y'all'll stay tuned :eyes:

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 Post subject: Re: The New Knights | The Osaka Foxes
PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:56 am 
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You know, 55-85-4 doesn't sound nearly as bad as the season seemed.

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