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img_0057Another short one because of work, although I had enough time to welcome spring to Cologne this morning with a short walk through the neighbourhood. Only a few minutes away is the Japanese Cultural Institute in front of which there are a lot of cherry blossom trees. (more…)

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Just a short one today since my holiday is over. From today on there will only be two games each day as the tournament enters its final stages. (more…)

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rifuThe last day with three games on one day and we are getting closer and closer to the final rounds of the tournament. I am still completely astonished by yesterday’s stellar performance of PL Gakuen‘s Nakano. And because of that I forgot to inculde the link to the wonderful inning-by-inning reports of Goro Shigeno. He’s doing a great job keeping all of us up-to-date it’s almost as if you are listening to a radio broadcast. (more…)

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minoshimaThree games which all ended with a one run lead, now that’s what I call exciting. And it gets even better when in one game one pitcher delivers a wonderful performance only to lose the game in extra innings. As a character in “H2” said it absolutely right: “Let me show you the benefits of a game without a time limit”. (more…)

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I believe ever since women and men started competing in the same sports there has always been talk about how women would fare against male opponents. This led to such strange suggestions that women football players such as German international Birgit Prinz should sign a contract with a male football team.  While that will be impossible because of the deficits women have when they play against male competition, a young japanese girl is competing against men in an independent league in the south of Japan. (more…)

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When watching the repeat broadcast on the MBS site the most annoying thing to me at the moment ist the commercial for the new “Full Metal Alchemist” movie at the end of each half inning. I really loved the series when it came out a few years ago, but this is getting on my nerves quite a bit. Well, it’s just that, so it shouldn’t be that much of a problem. Good news for the semifinals and the final game as the MBS site announces that there will be live coverage for those three games for free. Unfortunately that won’t make a difference to me as those games will start in the middle of the night over here. (more…)

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According to this article in the New York Times Blog “Bats” the MLB plans to expand the number of participating countries for the next WBC in 2013. And to my surprise one name on the list was Germany. (more…)

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