A recent experiment conducted by the author — in his capacity not as a baseball writer, it should be noted, but rather as a mere private citizen — has revealed that taking to the internet in search of the phrase “hard angry confrontation” produces what Lord Byron probably described in Don Juan somewhere as “pleasures manifold.”
The majority of those pleasures shall continue to remain confined to the author’s personal experience of the world; one of them, however, is the video clip embedded here and featuring highlights from Game Six of the most recent Japan Series.
What one finds here, in order appearance, is (a) maybe future major-leaguer Masahiro Tanaka striking out definitely past major-leaguer Jose Lopez in one plate appearance and then (b) Lopez homering off Tanaka in a second one and then (c) Lopez casting aspersions at and near the person of Masahiro Tanaka.
It also features, before the interval included above, this footage of Masahiro Tanaka’s renowned splitpiece:
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