||For the first
time in something close to 50 years, the New York Yankees came to play in
Japan [and the drug some team from Tampa Bay along with them as well]. They
came to play a game against the Yomuri Giants, then the Hanshin Tigers,
and then two games against the T.B. Devil Rays. After easily dispatching
of the Giants with a 6-2 victory (largely in part to former Giants star
Hideki Matsui's 3 scores) the Yankees weren't too concerned with my Hanshin
Tigers, despite the Tigers finishing with a 7-7 tie against the Devil Rays.
But when the battle of the pinstripes took place, instead of the cakewalk
they expected, the Yankees got a bowl full of comeupits instead. The Hanshin
Tigers beat the Evil Empire and all was right with the world.
--------------1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 - R H E
N Y Yankees 0 1 0 3 1 0 0 0 2 - 7 11 0
Hanshin Tigers 0 7 0 0 1 3 0 0 x - 11 19 1
players like George Arias (who got a 3 run homer, pictured on left)
helped the Tigers to victory. But this wasn't some remake of the Mr.
Baseball movie, even without Arias's HR the Tigers still would have
beaten the N.Y. Yankees (and Hideki Matsui along with them) 8-7.
I think the Tigers catcher, Yano had the best play. He hit an inside
the park Home Run!
Empire (aka NYY) are historically the best team in baseball, whereas
the Tigers are pretty much the exact opposite. But on March 29th, 2004
in Tokyo Japan David once again laid the smack down on Goliath's roody
poo candy ass. And Tiger fans like myself couldn't help but rejoice.
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