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Outside The Confines: Striking gold in Japan

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Japan wins their first gold medal in baseball. A look ahead to the “Field of Dreams” game. Could Fernando Tatis Jr. be heading to the outfield?

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I haven’t paid a ton of attention to the just-completed Olympics—some, but not anywhere near as much as I normally would. But I have to admit that I just couldn’t pass up a chance to watch the gold medal baseball match between Japan and the United States. That meant staying up pretty much all night on Friday night/Saturday morning and sleeping all morning. It wasn’t as good a game as the previous one between the US and Japan (which I did not stay up and watch), but a 2-0 Japanese victory did mean that there was some good pitching and good defense on both sides. My one real complaint (other than the US losing) was that there were no fans. I understand and agree with the decision not to have fans, but that place would have been absolutely nuts with fans in the stands. It was the one gold medal that Japan wanted to win more than any other and they got it. The US team, made up of prospects, retired major leaguers and guys playing in NPB, did well. They just couldn’t keep up with NPB’s best.

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster.