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Archive for the ‘Video’ Category

Baseball videos.

Video of the Day

Posted by Paulie Danger on October 11, 2006

Another Japanese clip. In this one, Keiichi Hirano goes Web Gem style.

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Video of the Day

Posted by Paulie Danger on October 10, 2006

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Pacific League Playoffs’ 1st Stage, Dragons Close to 1

Posted by Paulie Danger on October 9, 2006

Julio Zuelta, SoftBankThe Softbank Hawks defeated the Seibu Lions to win Stage 1 of the Pacific League Playoffs. Lifted by a Julio Zuelta three-run shot in the 8th, the Hawks pushed past the Lions 6-1. Hawks’ rookie reliever Akihiro Yanase (2-0) picked up the win shooting two hitless. Minoru Yamagishi gave up Zuelta’s homer, but Tomoki Hoshino (0-1) took the loss, starting the eigth inning walking two. Takeya Nakamura dropped a souvenier off Hawks’ starter Hayato Terahara in the losing effort.

The Hawks go on to face regular season champion Nippon Ham Fighters in Stage 2.

Tyrone Woods, Chunichi DragonsTyrone Woods’ grandslam helped Chunichi to a 10-1 win over the Swallows. Woods’ knock was his league leading 45th of the campaign. Hirokazu Ibata could only contribute a two-run homer to help Kenichi Nakata (7-4) earn the win. The Dragons are now one win away from clinching the Central League pennant.

Nakata’s magic number was four, scattering four hits, walking four and striking out four. His Yakult counterpart, Masanori Ishikawa (10-9) got touched up for seven runs on seven hits in three and a third worked.

The Dragons have Monday off, but can clinch on Tuesday as they start a set at The Tokyo Dome against the Giants.

Here’s a clip of Tyrone Woods in action last season against the Swallows.

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Video of the Day

Posted by Paulie Danger on October 9, 2006

Backstory: A few years ago I had a chance to go to Ireland to do some research on my roots. When I came home I found the Irish National Baseball website. Yeah, the country known for the Gaelic Games had a national baseball team. Their coach told me that in 2004 they were playing at about a middle of the road college level. Which is pretty good ball considering the island’s only had the sport about a decade at that point. I’m still trying to decipher the European baseball hierarchy. It’s much easier in Rugby, there’s the All Blacks and then there’s everybody else. (Yes, I know the ‘Boks, Wallabies, Irish, Scotts and English are all top-tier teams.) But the Irish are start to compete with some of the better teams. The baseball movement on the island is growing.

Fast forward two years. I start hearing about a movie about the Irish team. And I found it. John Fitzgerald (credits include PA work on NYPD, Kinsey, and Ladder 49) produced, directed and wrote a feature length documentary called The Emerald Diamond, the story of the Irish National baseball team.

John, thank you for making this movie.

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Welcome to Diamond Vision

Posted by Paulie Danger on October 8, 2006

I’ve noticed that there is a distinct lack of quality blogs covering non-Major League Baseball. So this site will endeavour to fill that void. As a baseball fan that still remembers The Strike, I’ve made it my mission to find quality baseball elsewhere. I think I’ve been to less than ten major league games since the strike year, but since then I have become a fan of minor league, independent, collegiate and international forms of the game.

Obviously, there isn’t much here, right now. But I’d like to leave you with something that I hope becomes a regular feature on DV. Until we get a name, call it the YouTube of the Day.

Danny Batista in Japan

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