NPB Bullet Points returns with an all-photographic collection of non-sequitors. Let's begin.
- Yokohama's Seiichi Uchikawa can levitate, to the apparent dismay of the umpire.
- In other Yokohama news, Kimiyasu Kudoh, 46, become the oldest pitcher to win an NPB game.
- Rakuten manager Katsuya Nomura has a new watch. Where did he get such a lurid timepiece? You guessed it, from his goofy wife. For those of you that can read Japanese, I'll include this link, where Nomura refers to his bullpen as not "stoppers" but "strippers".
- Chunichi slugger Tony Blanco is big, but not as big as a sumo wrestler.
- Here's a rare sighting: empty seats at Koshien. Hanshin drew fewer than 30,000 fans at Koshein for the first time in almost five years.
And In English...
- The incomparable Deanna snapped a shot of the Marines fans holding up signage indicating that 63,580 fans have signed a petition requesting the team to keep Bobby Valentine around beyond this season.
- My fellow Chicago ex-pat Matt of Yakyu All-Stars took a picture of Norichika Aoki's WBC Gold Medal. I gotta say, that's pretty underwhelming. Looks like it's filled with chocolate.
- Simon has pics of Kazuhiro 'Daimajin' Sasaki throwing out the first pitch to Jose Canseco at a recent BayStars game. Fresh off his failure to knock out Danny Bonaduce, Canseco wanted to take Daimajin deep, but even though he got nine pitches he couldn't do it.
- Marines lover Steve gives us a pic of a fairly typical Hanshin Tigers fan.