This blog is one gaijin's attempt to learn Japanese through mnemonics, puns, and general linguistic absurdity.

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

米国 v 日本, Part II

Zさん:"It's playoff time in America. Over the past few years, the MLB has been incorporating more and more video replay rules. Managers can challenge rulings on the field. On a challenged play, the refs pour over video, frame by excruciating frame, to determine if a fielders glove did in fact tag out a runner, for example.

"I once saw a baseball (or, 野球, if you will) game in Japan. At one point there was a runner on first, and the batter hit the ball to deep left field. The runner tried to make it all the way home, but the outfielder made an amazing throw to home plate.  The catcher caught the ball before the runner arrived, and tried to tag him out. The catcher's mitt (with the ball) missed the tag by a good 6 inches.  The runner was obviously safe.  But the umpire ruled him out.

"No one complained. No one booed.  There was no video review. No one kicked dirt onto the shoes of the umpire.  Everyone just accepted the call matter-of-factly.

"I have two possible theories why this happened. One, sometimes what should have happened, tells a better story than what actually happened, and Japanese people adjust the truth accordingly. Or two, it is really, really, engrained in the Japanese psyche to never challenge authority figures."

Saturday, October 5, 2019