Oh dear! In the eagerly awaited Olympic baseball match-up between Japan and arch-rivals South Korea, it was the Koreans who advanced to the gold medal game leaving Japan and their team of highly-paid pros with the prospect of either the bronze medal or going home with nothing.
Interest in the game was high and the score (6-2 to South Korea) was posted at the entrance to the elevators in this office building so that workers could keep up with the score as they sneaked out for a smoke or a drink from the vending machines.
Ironically, it was the South Korean slugger, Lee Seung Yeop, who plies his trade in Japan with the Yomiuri Giants, who sealed the match with a two-run homer.
Japan's women showed the men how to do it by winning the softball gold beating the USA in the final game.
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Saturday, August 23, 2008