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Chris Keaveney -- Linfield Professor, Author "Contesting the Myths of Samurai Baseball"

Mar 23, 2017|

Chris joins the guys to talk about Japanese baseball and how it ties with their culture. Also talks his new book!

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We're about to be joined by Chris came any the professor of Japanese department of modern languages. The man here has a new book out. He comes from Winfield college she has a new book out solid. He contesting the myths of samurai baseball. And we found this be a fun opportunity to bring him on to chat a little bit about kind of the differences in probably the two biggest leagues. Of baseball that's going on Chris how you doing my man. Prevent short term more appreciative. Yeah not a problem in this is so exciting with the World Baseball Classic gone then we think you and all your people down their infield for reaching out to us. This is pretty cool I mean Japan has won two of the first three World Baseball Classic first four world baseball classics. And dad they had a hell of a game last night with united season marriage he was a game I imagine. I did yet in Connecticut I'm not quite Japanese took an important student debt that was that was a great kid and their ultimate you know except. That would have been before. The classic safari that the Japanese also encouragement that we took decent. So they're great great test cricket and you know over the sort of didn't come I would love to and that's you know they didn't have a good that it that it be the final protest pathetic that you can't you know it's it's a lot of fun to watch. What is the one thing that's really cool that you know I've I think most diehard baseball fans know this is that Japan has created. Almost their own. I don't Irene one assailant style they gave birth baseball over there almost as much as we have. I mean they created based on what they 1890s. Correctly goes back to the united have a long history and and and I can think they did it's it's believe it and the way in Japan since it. And essentially does what when national custom that in the future. In the sense that there's really no other sport that challenges baseball as it would have would have of course four majors out of it which is well. And and potentially open a peaceful. So they can have their own and they they refer to the camera baseball there's there's that somebody can of course you know the team. But their approach the game it's one that they do they believe is pitchers it's kind of different and maybe. In some ways as suspected that Japanese. Feel that the play of the game request. Well bros gonna go with with my first question is watching the game last night it almost felt like every player in the lineup for Japan. Had a very. Similar if not the same batting approach and I mean to to mean to a guy who doesn't watch Japanese Baseball too much. It almost it almost felt a little boring because like all they're all slap hitters are all trying to it to dart out of the box immediately there'd you know that we saw with Ichiro it's a certain style of play. In Japan I'm assuming that's not viewed as boring. And it is it is an exciting or is there are things that are different that are missing just gonna watch the MLB year or Q can you kind of discuss that. Yet there's there's certain characteristic of the game that. It is important that the person is much individuality and and I won one way of looking at it is whereas her from most certainly you've been formed in the states. Is this dvd you do it is to individual or individuals you know worked as a team I think in Japan. One way to look at that is that most unit just achievement and players who can contribute. To that that whole. And so abuse which oh that's unfortunate but it was an accident. When Japanese what it is a player I would dismissed first with them. With Richard to a perfectly but they're always going to be confident I think it was a message which could expect up to date have been literally which habitat. And so I think that's. Yes there's there's a certain predictability about the game that might be. If you look forward to that and that attention to fourteen which as pals and in the and emotional much. But this committee's cup where did you view you could cripple a full apartments and it's it's in protecting the 400 that you that you find satisfaction and that's that's part of approach and again. Now lumping minute that's also happening out any stages in Korea you're seeing the almost the exact opposite you're seeing that flips and extravagant celebrations and it's almost becoming. Like kind of a cult classic here watching the Korean highlights to see the best clips. Is there any sort of like a rivalry building between the two countries I know it's you know different cultures have different styles but great Korea's kind of growing too or you see Max grows or Hillary. Yeah attention because I added an assist first factually would soccer took it very difficult is the World Cup. About ten years not to go to go I guess. He doesn't too I think there was a. I didn't think potentially significant a bit of the differences in terms of being approached that connection but. But it is all the booklet potential for a lot tougher one Korean dispersed or playing baseball of course it was a Japanese cult thing. For the work. And I think they belong to and they after they cute to become the this camera baseball marble steps such collaborations but I think during this news receive. Recent media did. Drink. As just a slogan like Houston described that the government of national cultures academic career can just see a certain dynamism. Which flies in the face of some of that have been written persevere game. And I noticed one thing that you and other other Arab countries as well as expected it. And of course we're the ones oh well they've been interpreted these video if there were. Japan and Korea were trying to get to finish second bet for the classics have a good tradition there as well I think they think you know great pleasure to kick in Japanese if this person. We're joined here by Chris key mini the professor of Japanese department of modern languages down at Bloomfield College. And I cut one come one a big impact piggyback on that excuse me. And talking about. So in tens alert was quoted today the second baseman for the United States plays the Detroit Tigers are familiar with the man he came out today and kind of criticized. He Puerto Ricans the dominicans some of the Caribbean teams for there. Flashy extravagant. And everyone in the Doug asked cheering and they got and signals. And when I look at the Japanese playing somebody hits a home run and I look on the outfield in there. They're banging their thunder sticks in everyone's Jack is this kind of what we could use stem release sparked. Major league baseball league going dizzying Chisholm was very critical of it and I wonder if that's more of maybe the way we should be going in baseball. And one of the particular the World Baseball Classic and then again it took her attention she gets up to what it wants incident comes. Equivalent to World Cup for example. Number I think it died trying to national traditions and he would just especially. Of course Greg major leaguers were not American born. But but but plenty for her freedom to choose different thing and it seemed to I think first person I think that you assumed this was for his great. One of the things that summit students from the go to Japan to study abroad for example first mustard here. Is go to sea bass organ in the field and has so I'm not a big potential for. I think doesn't matter how troop casualties in Japan to different cultural experience and the vision in fact a cultural experience to the troops to keep it wouldn't. Can't support the communes in the way that shouldn't. That the team collections. Until that I think that dynamism that that variety is I think it is a big moment it is distasteful faces. Challenges from right in sports and I think it has student in all places Japan as well United States I think you have to keep in Egypt France and that's. In the past and British. I can and to have pluralism and a potential one way would we see that. Now I know one of the toppers you're gonna discuss in the book that's coming out soon contestant amidst the samurai baseball's not only just Japanese Baseball would also. How it affects culture or how culture affects it where you're saying before it is the national pastime it is the major sport in Japan. How much does baseball affect the cold sure how much does the culture of Japan actually do the reverse of effect that the samurai baseball culture. In terms of culture affecting presidential from the earliest days in the 1890s and it just told the associated with similar culture. And the newspapers in this piece mentioned. Teens and twenties were some using its terms from right yeah acute somebody's fault. Two opportunities to Japanese Baseball as distinct from. From an American original. So they're that is political machine don't believe the warrior I have always been seen as. Influencing the way the Japanese a person game in terms and yet the other question. It's almost everywhere in Japan and interest he spent little time here. Did you notice that. Due to commercials. Again mom got that the Japanese comics. Film literature of it is. There's been a tradition accustomed to as old as the game itself of representing the game in these these different from the media. And that's that's really about my book is about how the game as is reflected and more importantly to what extent. These works of literature film under affirmed the step aside people of summer there's all the championship and there's probably as many. Works that that would challenge to these ideas. And then there's a term that's so it. It's it's it's everywhere 11 thing that went to Japan economic activities for the first time I didn't have different culture different pledged one thing that needed yet still at home immediately. Was received baseball it was it was. Something that was comforting him from the leader. And dumb and so what does not true but principal and interest was what culture of Japan is a place where that is constructive coalesce through the different. Now I was just you know brushing up on a list of Japanese players currently in baseball it's actually smaller the iPod was a lot of pitchers right now more than Herrera that are Japanese descent but. Army Yankee fan so Hideki Matsui a lump them in Moscow Osaka allows a World Series MVP months zoom yeah I love most is they love him EL do you win a World Series title. I put the question is is. And I'm noticing more at least it seems like early there's less Japanese players were coming to the MLB and we're watching the game yesterday every player. On the Japan team except for nori a Oki was playing in the Japanese baseball league not playing Major League Baseball review the Japanese people. Review the players like to knock him out soon either or any of the other pitchers who were who were here now. They view them positively are they upset that there are leaving Japan are they excited about going to the MLB or do they view the Japanese league is even superior to the MLB. They didn't is definitely the latter I would stated. They entered that the Japanese for a couple of frustration make it particularly concerned with Obama you know recommend. And the fact. Know it's numbers game a no hitter. You can picture it and the department of rookies you're gonna Patricia I think that they'll and I know that that because the content source they have to Libya tonight apparently commitment sites to see. It not a pitcher Darvish for example. Stupid they're extremely proud of which you can observe of their players approach I think it's it's it's it's ridiculous I think it was conquered securities you know you're. But the way you can you can imagine we should be chipped it. The debate that it was a little evidence that a bit and I think they're extremely proud that it took one example and it becomes of course is mr. comedy preferably. Jordan it'll come into this guy was put. Marco pitcher in a purpose of the hardest throwing Katrina did you know ten and thirteen. Let's get in the first step into triggers his career didn't. But also and hit. When you talk to each problems and with 320 two's coverage planned out your welcome you just contest non. And and and including talking and yank circuit. The commission and the teams were part of this guy and I think the Japanese. Are partly stood to lose and uncertainties. This achievement has. Which are going to have a fighter's camp fighters across our own you know are preaching for that loss to the conclusion that there's a certain amount of pride when. When a player condone making a different sort of to the Japanese to refer to major have been pleasantly pleased that they understand. That's statistical standard. And I think what that they're pretty cute picture isn't it better position players there's there's just crime that when they do achieve things like teacher for example. That's that's a bet they're willing to go to Tibet so if you change your commitment should joked that with the Mets my my my favorite to vote. That's and the Vietnam and the answer is yes it is to listen just for competitors and here and academically 2007 that. I'm in in that case as well I think that can. He was pretty long before and after that he played only two years there didn't sleep well pretty well that's not a good just went back superstars I think that it. It for the players who are willing to go over try it. It is insurance that that can be different light when they return. Let me ask you about something kind of the opposite end of the spectrum we see this all the time. In American soccer. Elwood PM LS with kind of I don't know me past their prime guys in Europe that decide to come over to America and may be some guy you know Bastia spine staggered discuss signed by Chicago fire or Beckham in. In LA years ago many are Mears is back in the Japanese league and now I don't wanna talk about his ridiculous contract we don't need Doug about that but I wanna know. Is there's some excitement in May be about some former Major League or rates that. Can't necessarily start for a Major League team come into Japan is that something that excites those fans are they excited to go to the ballpark and see. Somebody who. You know steroids aside should be one of the hall of fame baseball player many arrears. Yeah continued about it in this case that one correlated that comes from an old one. And you know it could be compared significant numbers could choke ever talk about but certain. It was sort of that's one of the cases it is often conservatives as one of the reasons to be very. Contention just concluded. And then took into account Turkey never I don't if you replace it didn't hurt he played very little in different little. Except except I mean people touched it. It's that the resistance to risk you take when you partnered. Do we bring justice to look at that certain you know have. League's worst artist. And you're expected to compete how important standard cases. There was word gotta start from what you normally do over there. And they make it hurt their career so there is not a great start have been touched mr. Obama team. Just to duplicate that can be used to have marginal major leaguer and wind can Muster has to come to star in Japan. I'm going to be best of my hunch tigers and that might Japanese can. It's going to be tough open. I'm an emotional player here until they're 1980s and and these different Triple Crown and helped us bring attention title shot. That'll eventually get characters that mark and went over them and historic. It's a mortal risk we have got to the first publishing over the Internet culture but that's Warren Cromartie. Governor kind of just can't just prominent executive recruiter in Japan as it wasn't as states. That's what they also for the reduction of proven themselves over here. We're joined here by Chris to Vinny. Professor of Japanese department of modern languages down at Lynn field college and Sherri butchered your name I'm and I I absolutely apologize for that. But she got a new book coming out contesting the mrs. samurai baseball to me real quick rundown of what you got there. Thank you Connecticut estimates in the summer this poll found Condit vs present. Should try to compete in the process here. It's it it'll be it's it's in the final stage out of before content can be on Amazon removed from so. And it's it's it really is about to literature. And and month and Japanese comics and helping schools represented here. And its central message from right baseball which has. Which has been you know as defined that disputed export and jumped into my and so forth from the very beginning. I don't care how that's represented there's certainly a political consultant accountable. Called star of the giants. Which which so in terms of citizenship just. Which. Yeah and who can receptive which would be appropriate perpetrator and what I suggest the book that in fact. Others may these works of literature and concept really a challenge that view as that is that is so firm and so that's. That the book. For baseball lovers and not with you I don't lobby of film and literature as well. In and I like to read Finnessey inside five but I love baseball so I'm probably gonna grab your book memento. As samurai baseball has sentenced right up my out. That in that his crew is committee thank you my friend for joining us this is a cool thing that we don't get to talk a whole lot about other cultures in baseball. A we really appreciate you coming armament. That bridge tournament so much.