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Postby Niehaus on Fri Feb 01, 2013 11:55 pm

Episode 74 (S3E22): Direct Challenge

The evil coachman tells Newt that if he gives up any more runs, he's off the team (and probably kicked out of the school with a few months left his senior year as a result.) He gets one of the random outfielders out, bringing the kid back to the mound. The kid quickly takes down 3 batters. The shortstop comes up and is able to get a hit, prompting the evil coachman to tell RICK SANTORUM to prepare himself! Seeing the fearsome Santorum running to warm up, Newt Gingrich panics (because he's about to be thrown out of school because he can't pitch a full, perfect game in the rain.) Fatass is up and he bunts the shorstop over, bringing the kid to bat. The pitcher is wavering and throwing balls on accident, prompting Megaton to talk to him. He tells him to walk the kid if he is nervous, which gives Newt more confidence and pisses the kid off. The catcher correctly assumes Newt will use an outside slider on his first pitch and gets an infield single that bounces off the third baseman's glove, then hits the shortstop, and then goes toward the kid's team's dugout (which means it is fair.) The Megateam is somewhat slow to react, allowing the shortstop and kid to score.

Newt Gingrich is replaced by Rick Santorum, who easily throws his first pitch past spikyhair. Spikyhair then hammers the second pitch to the wall and the fielder is unable to reach it, driving in the 4th run. He hits it so easily because his timing is so off that he would normally miss a pitch, but Santorum's knuckle ball is wild enough that he can actually hit it easier than a normal pitch. The next batter gets out. The first at bat of the next inning is Santorum. After getting two strikes, the kid realizes that the three who know how to hit off of him are coming up, so he begins pitching wildly against Santorum, intentionally hitting him on the third pitch.

The first batter is able to spot one of the balls he is looking for on the second pitch before the kid is able to set 'the bait'. The next batter sac bunts the runners on first and second over, bringing up another one of the hitters who knows how to hit the pitches. The kid throws two strikes and then, on the third pitch, seems to throw another easy ball, but throws a forkball! THE KID USED SOMETHING OTHER THAN A FUCKING FASTBALL. FINALLY, AFTER 74 EPISODES, HE CAN PITCH SOMETHING ELSE. It's a shitty forkball, but STILL!

Megaton comes to bat and is able to hit the forkball, fouling off 5 pitches. The kid, realizing he can't stop Megaton, accepts the catcher's suggestion to walk him. Megaton tells the catcher to stop him, because that's not what the kid is like. NO! The catcher fucking falls for it and talks to the kid. The infield rushes in and gives the kid motivation to pitch only fastballs. God damn it. The catcher returns and Megaton is surprised he was able to get into his head so easily. The kid is able to eventually get a pitch past Megaton.

Fuck. So much promise. HE THREW ANOTHER PITCH. DAMN IT.

Episode Rating: B+
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Postby Niehaus on Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:28 am

Episode 75 (S3E23): A Close Battle

Santorum and the kid get to the 7th inning without allowing any hits, with Santorum getting the kid and the shortstop out. In the bottom of the 7th, the Megateam shortstop gets a weak infield hit that barely stays fair, letting him get on base while the fatman watches it at the catcher's instruction. Santorum then bunts and a wild throw to second makes it so there are no outs with runners on first and second. The first batter comes up in the rotation and hits an infield pop-up, which causes the shortstop and spikyhair to collide. Error explosion leads to the bases being loaded. The kid decides to pitch through an obvious squeeze play, and it works, getting the batter to strike out and then having the catcher tag the runner from third. The runners from second and first advance.

This infuriates the evil coachman, who tells the second baseman he is off the team, just like Newt Gingrich. The Megateam's third baseman comes up and he hits a deep shot to the wall. The shortstop runs back and is able to catch it on a jump. I think he might be in the outfield, I can't really tell with how much he moves around. Mitt Romney decides to start warming up.

The kid accidentally walks Megaton, as his foot pain is becoming a problem in the 8th. The Megateam attempts to sacrifice bunt to advance Megaton. The kid dives for the bunt, but comes up short. As a result, Megaton takes off, but he is thrown out in a double play. The Engrish teacher is the only one on the kid's team who realizes that the kid's slow reaction is a bad sign. The evil coach tells the real coach to call a bunt, as he sees that the injury he forced on the kid is causing some damage finally. The kid is unable to throw to first, getting an error due to his injury. The evil coach celebrates his brilliant plan to injure the kid, revealing to the Megateam that he intentionally planned the game earlier in the season with the sole intent of injuring the kid. The director of the team from Season 2 receives a call on her cell phone, this may be significant. The kid tells the evil coach that he will keep playing through the pain, to which the evil couch shouts that he wants his team to only bunt, with the intent that the kid will become a quivering pile of broken flesh on the center of the mound. The catcher rallies the team, calling for the third and first basemen to charge the plate, prompting the batter to mess up his bunt and hit to behind home. The catcher makes a bold rolling catch, getting the final out of the 8th inning.

Santorum is able to get the first two batters out. The third one manages to get a bunt down on a knuckle ball while Megaton is thinking about how devious the evil coach is. This momentary distraction holds him up just long enough to miss the bunt by a fraction of a second, allowing the 9th hitter on base. The real coach advises the evil coach to let him pull Santorum, as he usually is only good for 50 pitches and he has gone well over that. The evil coach says he will not give the kid the satisfaction of having Romney appear. The shortstop comes up to bat and hits a deep shot, with the 9th hitter running around the bases and making it home barely, giving the kid's team a 5-4 lead.

Episode Rating: B+
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Postby Niehaus on Sat Feb 02, 2013 1:07 am

Episode 76 (S3E24): The End of the Artifice

The evil coach flips his shit and tells Rick Santorum that he's worthless. The break in concentration, coupled with the physical strain, causes Santorum to throw a wild knuckleball right at the fatman. The evil coach decides to replace Santorum with Romney, for one out in the top of the 9th. The kid is struck out on three pitches.

The evil coach gives the Megateam a demoralizing pep talk about how terrible they all are. He tells them that if they all bunt, the kid will be eventually unable to play. Megaton boldly refuses to do this because the evil coach cheated. The evil coach says he will have Megaton forced from the team after the game for talking back about sportsmanship. The batter is able to bunt his way on by directing the bunt straight at the kid. Mitt Romney refuses to bunt too, instead hitting a line drive into shallow center for a single. The next batter bunts and the kid is able to throw him out. The kid then deliberately walks the next batter to improve the team's chance of a double play. The third baseman is up to bat, showing bunt. He takes a swing at the ball because he thinks the evil coach is wrong. The shortstop (who is apparently indeed in the outfield) catches the ball, bringing Megaton to bat.

The evil coach tells Megaton he is not allowed to bat and tries to get someone else to come in his place. People from the bench are hesitant, as they don't like what the evil coach has done and they are also concerned about catching if the game goes into extra innings. The real coach gets pissed as the evil coach begins to charge the players and says he will take responsibility for whatever happens. He then tells Megaton to win the game with his swing. The intensity music plays while the shot goes from the people in the stands, revealing pedophile mom showing up for the last at-bat.

Megaton lets the first pitch go by him to gauge the kid's condition. He decides to not pity the kid, and swings at the second pitch, hitting it right back at the kid. The kid makes the catch, but the force of Megaton's hit KNOCKS HIS GLOVE OUT OF HIS HAND! A run comes in and the kid tries to get Megaton out, but fails. Romney then runs for home, but is caught out, bringing the game to extra innings.

The evil coach declares to the team that he will be making sure they are all kicked out of school and replaced with the second team if they manage to win. He goes nuts and runs under the stadium entrance in the dugout laughing. The real coach then says that he doesn't have the power to do that and reveals that his cell phone has been on the whole time relaying everything the evil coach said to the director from S2. The director informs him that he is no longer going to be the coach. The evil coach falls to the ground and begins saying he has no idea what they are talking about.

The umpires stop the game and bring out a doctor and inform the kid that they need to see his foot. They threaten to stop the game if it is too bad.

Episode Rating: A

Actually a really damn good episode. The phone thing was predictable, but well executed.
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Postby Niehaus on Sun Feb 03, 2013 2:55 am

Episode 77 (S3E25): The Ace Covered in Wounds

The kid refuses to show his foot to the umpires. He gives a speech about how he needs to see the game through and the coach tells the umpires that, if he becomes a danger, he will forfeit the game. The catcher comes up to hit and manages to graze Romney's pitch after missing the first one. The third pitch is a ball. He pops the next pitch up to Romney, who catches it with a bold snap of his glove.

The game goes to the 12th inning in a montage. Old love interest leaves because she can see the kid is going to probably hurt himself. Pedophile mom is down there too, who agrees with old love interest. She wants the kid to just lose. Old love interest decides to go back and watch the game. The kid is back at bat and gets a hit, but falls on the way to first. He dives for first and makes it barely. I thought the coach was going to forfeit the game at this stage? The catcher is unable to hit, getting the third out of the side.

The kid comes up to pitch in the bottom of the 12th, and his vision is becoming blurred. The kid gives up two easy hits. He then walks the next batter. Baseballman's friend shows up to talk to the pedophile mom, who is not watching the game. The kid is about to pitch to the last batter, when he hallucinates and sees baseballman come up behind him. Baseballman puts his hand on the kid's shoulder and the kid decides to keep trying. The kid manages to pitch a strike on Mitt Romney. Romney hits the next pitch deep and barely foul. The kid pitches to a full count. The kid is up to 183 pitches. The rain vanishes dramatically and the kid pitches about 15 more pitches that Romney fouls off until he finally gets one past him. The next batter comes up and the kid passes out on the mound in the middle of his throwing motion, bringing the final run in from balk. The catcher and spikyhair carry the kid off the field and Megaton rushes out, but is not able to say anything. The kid tells him that he better win.

Episode Rating: B+
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Postby Niehaus on Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:10 am

Episode 78 (S3E26): (No episode title given)

The Megateam wins the tournament, with their only near-loss being to the kid's team. His foot is in a cast, so he goes to the festival with teammates, who are all discussing college plans. Old love interest asks him where he's going to college, and the kid says he's planning on going pro in the next year after his foot heals. The kid is told the next day that the scout convinced management that he should be allowed on the team, so he is going pro straight out of high school. The next day at school, the teammates reveal that the baseball club is breaking up, since half the team is graduating. The kid has a talk with the shortstop, who was going to be the new captain. The kid tells him that he doesn't need to win anymore, so he should just play.

The kid then goes to the batting cages, where he sees Megaton. Megaton apparently went to America with Romney and the third baseman to play against the high school all star team. They won two and lost two games, which begs the question as to why they didn't have a fifth game. Megaton says the Americans didn't play their best players. The kid asks Megaton if he's going to the pros, to which we discover that Megaton is going to be going to a different pro team than the kid.

The kid returns home, but nobody is home. He turns on the TV and a news broadcast is saying that JOE GIBSON won his 300th game, at the age of 41. In JOE GIBSON'S interview, he reveals that he is still playing because he is inspired by 'a kid in Japan' and that he wants to play against that kid before he retires. THE KID IS THAT KID (probably.) Fucking JOE GIBSON.

JOE GIBSON'S representative shows up during the kid's summer vacation with a personal letter from JOE GIBSON letting the kid know that, after the kid has been in Japanese baseball for a few years, JOE GIBSON expects him to come to America so they can play. The letter is actually written in proper English. The next day, the kid calls up the team that was going to let him join the Japanese pros and tells them that he declines their offer. He plans to go straight to America alone. When he tells his parents, baseballman's friend becomes very irate and storms out of the house and the pedophile tells him that baseballman's friend had authorized the team to free up his retired number for his son. She tells the UNGRATEFUL SHITBAG KID that she will smooth things over. Later on, while the kid is visiting baseballman's grave, baseballman's friend comes up and APOLOGIZES TO THE FUCKING KID. Did the pedophile give him a guarantee of nightly anal or something? What the fuck?

Old love interest is accepted into her college of choice and is celebrating when the shortstop remembers that the kid is leaving for America on that day and he forgot to tell her. She makes it there and wishes him luck in America. No heartfelt love confession happens and the kid leaves on his airplane, for fucking Cactus League Spring Training.

Episode Rating: B

Season Rating: B

Expected Next Season Rating: A for AMERICA

The theme appears to no longer be about PLAYING THE GAME, either.

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Postby Niehaus on Mon Mar 04, 2013 1:29 am

Episode 79 (S4E1): To the Home of Baseball

Interesting note, the show has a drawn map of the US with several mislabeled cities on it for background on the episode title screens. Milwaukee shows up. COULD THE KID BE GOING TO MILWAUKEE!?

The kid arrives in America (Los Angeles) and decides it is time for him to challenge baseball. A sexy woman comes up and spills an ice cream cone on him. As this is America, this is a normal happening. The kid celebrates what happens and then realizes his bag is gone. The sexy woman then drives past him smiling evilly in the passenger seat of a car, holding his bag. The bag held everything the kid had, aside from his clothing. HE HAS NO GLOVE (or money, plane ticket to training camp, etc.) He now has about $20 in his pocket and his passport. The kid decides that he will not call home, or alert the authorities.

The kid finds a cardboard box and writes "Arizona Please" and to the side of the freeway in LA, near a Quiznos. They spell Salt Lake City as Soltake City, but they can spell Quiznos fine. Someone STOPS ON THE FREEWAY IN LA AND LETS THE KID GET INTO A VERY NICE CAR. The person driving the car is Japanese. We can tell this because he has blond hair and blue eyes and the main character says "oh, a Japanese." The guy who stops tells the kid that hitchhiking is illegal in America because we have a crime problem. He then drives away. The kid is then arrested by Tom Selleck, because he decides to continue trying to hitchhike.

The Japanese guy from before comes back around and decides to pick the kid up. The guy he is riding with is a shortstop who is going to the same spring training program to tryout. The kid speaks almost constant terrible Engrish throughout the episode whenever he isn't talking to the other Japanese guy. The shortstop guy reveals that this is his last year trying out and that he will try to get a real job if he fails this time around.

We cut back to the pedophile, who has baseballman's friend explain to her the American baseball minor league system, because she was under the impression that the kid was going to be going straight into the majors.

The show cuts back to the kid at tryouts. He is signing up to try out and asks the registration guy if he can rent shoes and a glove. The registration guy crosses his name off the list and tells him to go back to Japan. The shortstop pulls him aside and tells him what the registration guy said, but then the shortstop's tryout starts, so he tells the kid to make it work on his own. The kid doesn't know much English, so he is at a loss for how to proceed. Someone accidentally throws a ball to his feet and he decides to turn that into his tryout. He pitches the ball back, rather than gently throwing it, but since he is wearing old tennis shoes, he slips on the ground and throws the ball over the fence.

Irritatingly, the registration guy saw this and noticed his good form and speed (until he slipped.) He decides to give the kid gloves and shoes. He goes up to pitch and throws a 99 mph pitch while wearing blue jeans, shocking the examiners. After several dozen pitches, the examiners ask to see his breaking ball. The kid says "I am fastball only. This is my policy, okay?" The registration guy calls in BOLTON, the Salmon's clean-up hitter. Apparently the Salmon are a major league team. I have no idea who they are supposed to actually be, as no city name is mentioned.

The kid pitches two strikes where BOLTON doesn't swing. Bolton then clobbers the third pitch out of the park effortlessly and tells the kid that the American Dream isn't handed out to Asian rookies.

Episode Rating: B

Several unexpected 'fuck you, kid' moments, a good first episode.
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Postby Niehaus on Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:34 pm

Actual baseball is back on!

Episode 80 (S4E2): Tryout

The kid passes the first test, but doesn't understand Engrish, so he yells around about needing more pitches. BOLTON walks away and says the kid can throw rather fast, but he is very silly for pitching straight down the middle three times to him. As he walks away, it is revealed that his bat is broken from the force of the pitch! Shortstop also passes, so the kid can actually speak in something other than horrendous Engrish to someone in the show.

The second test is the kid and 6 other people who passed playing a game against the Single A Tucson Red Rocks - which is not a real team. To compensate for the vacant two positions, Double A players are brought in to catch and play outfield. The test is revealed not just to be a regular game against a superior opponent, but to come from 10 points behind to win against said superior opponent.

Chris, one of the guys on the tryout team, makes acquaintances with the kid and the shortstop, as well as two other minority members. He then approaches a white team member, who says he only befriends white people out of principle. Since he does not have time to wash his hands in the toilet, he will not shake the hand of a Mexican. HOLY RACISM, BATMAN. The kid, after being told of the racism, walks over and has the shortstop translate for him. He informs the racist that they will work as a team and then gets very pissed off and force hand shakes him VIOLENTLY.

The team is not able to get any runs in the first, but the kid also strikes out the side. The same thing happens in the 2nd inning. The kid comes up to bat in the 3rd with a runner on first and fouls off about 12 pitches before getting a line drive single. The coaches say the kid understands the test, but they don't explain.

Throughout the episode, the reactions of other characters to the kid were priceless. They didn't make anyone have magical understand-Japanese powers, which was great.

Episode Rating: B-
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Postby Niehaus on Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:22 pm

Episode 81 (S4E3): I'll do it!

Most of the Engrish is replaced with Japanese - presumably to assist the viewers in understanding more complicated statements, but the players still can't magically understand the kid. The racist guy fucking hates 'the colored', which is constantly stated in English.

God damn this guy is racist. The shortstop hits a ball down the 3rd base line and successfully drives in the kid and the AA guy who got on before the kid (and gets a double himself.) The guy before the racist gets walked and then the racist hits into another double play. The kid is pissed. After he takes the mound, a blister on his index finger pops, which fucks with his pitching. The racist tells him to pitch down the center so other people can show off their skills (not so they can win.) The kid does what the racist suggests and the rest of the team picks up the 3 outs in the inning.

Another inning passes, bringing the score to 5-10. Two runners get on with 0 outs in the next inning. The racist bunts, rather than trying to hit again, moving two runners over. The next batter tries to sac fly to bring the runners in, but ends up hitting a homerun. The racist fist bumps the Mexican. No runs are scored until the 9th inning, which the show skips to. The kid pops out on a sinker. The shorstop is back up to bat and over-analyzes the pitches, bringing the count to 2-2. The kid tells him to start hitting, causing the shortstop to snap out of it and get on base with 1 out on a shallow outfield hit. The next batter strikes out looking, bringing up the racist.

Oh god, we get a recap of his childhood. It cuts to him sitting on the couch watching black people being arrested, with his father in a sweater vest telling him that there are no good men amongst the colored. You should never trust a colored. He apparently grew up in a city and had a run in with a gang at some point, deepening his hate of other races. The racist decides that the colored people on the team right now are different from all other coloreds. He breaks his bat on a foul ball and accepts a replacement bat from the Mexican. He then puts his racism aside and says that no matter what someone's skin color, all that matters is putting your soul into hitting the white ball. PLEASE MAKE THIS FUCKER A REGULAR CHARACTER. He white powers a deep shot on the warning track, over the fielder's head. The shortstop takes off for home, slides into the plate with the intense victory music playing, and is ruled OUT by the umpire. 3 outs! GAME OVER! RACISM WOULD HAVE GIVEN HIM THE HATE HE NEEDED TO PROPEL THAT BALL OUT OF THE PARK!

The coach comes over and congratulates the team, telling them that they passed because they got really close and weren't actually expected to win anyway. The team is all invited to join the minor league team for spring training. The kid is offered the chance to jump straight into the fucking majors. What the fucking shit? The shortstop tells the kid that the Salmons aren't really a quality team.

WHAT THE FUCK? NO FUCKING MINOR LEAGUE BALL? FUCKING SHIT DILDO FUCKERS.

Episode Rating: B+ (RACISM GUY IS AMAZING)
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Postby dirked on Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:09 pm

I was hoping you had fallen asleep.
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Postby Niehaus on Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:27 pm

Episode 82 (S4E4): This is Major!

The kid arrives at the Salmons training camp and gets his own replacement glove and cleats. His number is 56 and the pun is explained to us via subtitles. One of the coaches has only whites for eyes. Why do they do this? Why the fuck do they do this? It is unsettling. BOLTON sees the kid on the field and gets pissed, because it is too early for him to be at this level. The eyeless coach walks over to the kid and introduces himself in Engrish, but the kid can't understand it. Thankfully, there is a random guy on the team who knows some Japanese, so he can translate. I'm very glad that they are keeping up with the 'the kid speaks no fucking English' angle. The translator, Fox, tells the kid that the people who are there don't need guidance to train because they are so good. This makes no sense. He tells the kid to do whatever he wants to prep himself, because he should know best. The kid goes to the bullpen to practice, where he discovers Fox is a bullpen catcher who spends most of his time in the minors, but comes up to the Salmons for bullpen practice in the spring. FORESHADOWING?!

Sanchez, a pitcher who has rather appropriate facial hair, tells the kid to move out of his spot. The kid laughs, doesn't understand him, assumes he is nobody, and tells him to wait for his turn. Sanchez PUNCHES THE KID IN THE FACE FOR BEING INSOLENT. Sanchez reveals himself to be the ace of the team! The kid gets back up and kicks Sanchez in the back of the head (sans spikes, sadly.) They then begin fighting in earnest. After they are separated and Sanchez calms down, he says the he likes the kid because he's headstrong, a necessary characteristic of good pitchers. Sanchez tells his catcher that they are going to use the indoor bullpen so the kid doesn't need to move out of respect. The kid, not understanding this, tells Fox to translate for him that he thinks that Sanchez has old balls and that they won't stand up to the kid's young balls. Fox refuses to translate, but Sanchez can tell the kid is speaking with the inflection of wanting a fight.

The pitching team sets up an iron grid to represent the average strike zone. The challenge that Sanchez proposes is that each of them will get 10 balls. The one who hits the edges of the grid the most out of them wins. The kid hits it 8 out of 10 times, after the relief pitchers have a conversation about how they can only hit it 2 or 3 out of 10. THIS SHOULD BE A SIGN YOU ARE ON THE WRONG TEAM. These fuckers are the kid's backup and they can't pitch to the corners. He's on the fucking Cubs. No bullpen support.

Sanchez pitches his first pitch after telling the kid that he pitches at a minor league level. His first pitch is ever so slightly to the side. He informs NORTON to move the iron grid, as it is an inch off. Norton confirms that it is slightly off. Sanchez was planning on stunning the kid with a display of finesse by gently grazing the post. Sadly, he has to explain this because he missed that it wasn't on center. I like that. Instead of being "OOH, SANCHEZ IS AMAZING" it's "Oh, Sanchez is pretty good." I really like that. A realistic, but still impressive challenge. The kid is told after the practice by Fox that he will be the starting pitcher in two games. Apparently the Salmons don't have a rotation? I don't know. I suppose it's spring training.

The show cuts back to Japan for the first time this season. Old love interest is training her old softball team because she needs some exercise after studying for her university exams. Her brother tells her that the kid passed his trial in America.

The show returns to America, where the kid is struggling in a game. Sanchez is at the plate and laughs at the kid and then hits a homerun off of him, causing the kid to wake up from his BASEBALL NIGHTMARE. The kid meets with Fox in the cafeteria the next day, who tells him that their opponents are the Dallas Elephants. Fox is the starting catcher for the game, so he wants to talk strategy with the kid. The kid breaks down and says he doesn't belong there. Sanchez showed him that handily. The kid asks Fox to translate for him that he wants to change his starting day so he can train more. Fox flips shit on the kid and tells him that, if he's afraid of being hit, he should ask to be downgraded to the minor leagues. Fox tells the kid that people, including himself, had to slave away in the minors at low pay for years in order to get the chance to be where the kid was fortuitously placed. The kid is told off, hard.

Episode Rating: B+

No more racism guy, but there were enough unexpected events to make the episode have some quality.
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Postby Niehaus on Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:31 pm

Episode 83 (S4E5): Guide to the World

The game begins! The kid is shocked at the difference in the number of spectators and the quality of the opening ceremony. I am fucking baffled at the open stadium for a spring training game being full. Is this actually the regular season somehow? I don't think so, as they are still talking about trimming the roster. Methinks they goofed.

The kid starts off with 2 strikes and we cut to a flashback with the head coach, who reveals to another coach that the kid's starting date was decided by the OWNAR, who made a business decision to showcase this new Japanese talent and draw in Japanese fans. He reminds us in the flashback that the kid can't throw anything other than a fucking fastball. We cut back to the game and the kid records a strike out. He strikes out the side in his debut inning.

The Salmons get 3 outs quickly, and the kid is back on the mound facing GUERERRA, the Home Run King. The kid pitches 3 strikes to Guererra. The remainder of the inning goes by easily with another strike out and a pop out to shallow left.

The kid comes up to bat in the bottom of the 2nd after 2 runs come in. He strikes out swinging at all 3 pitches. Fucking good.

The kid doesn't give up any hits until the top of the 5th, when the Home Run King comes back to the plate. He hits a home run on the first pitch. Being the king of them, this makes sense. The kid made it 4 perfect innings in his debut. That is extremely impressive. The kid gives up a single blooper to the outfield next, followed by two line drives past short and second. BASES LOADED, BITCH. The kid gets the count on the next batter to 3-0. If only he had another fucking pitch. The batter connects with the pitch, which the kid catches bare-handed and pitches to third, who relays to second. TRIPLE PLAY WTF?!

The coach grills him on catching the ball with his bare hand, but BOLTON compliments him and tells him that he is earning his respect slowly. The bottom goes by quickly. In the top of the 6th, the kid strikes out the Elephants pitcher. He's made it 6 innings and his velocity is dropping and he only has one pitch. Pull the fucker. That's what your bullpen is for. The next batter hits to the shortstop, who throws to first for a groundout. The #2 man gets a double. The coach says something to himself about the Major Wall. Apparently he wants to teach the kid his limits or something? I'm not really sure what they are doing. The kid gives up another homerun to the #3 hitter, bringing the score to 2-3. The Home Run King decides which of his 3 bats he is going to use while the catcher rushes to the mound to talk to the kid. The coach tells the eye-coach that he's going to keep the kid in until the end of the inning because it doesn't matter if the team wins or loses. Apparently is is a spring training game. The head coach told the coach that he is to keep the kid in until he starts to lose, because they are sending him back down to the minors and this will serve as an instruction in what the majors are like.

The kid says something about 'using it' before he gets taken out. IS HE GOING TO PITCH SOMETHING ELSE? The Home Run King is back up. The kid flashes back to the first season when he used a change-up and he THROWS ANOTHER KIND OF PITCH. Fucking change-up. YES! It's not the best secondary pitch, but I'll take it! Sanchez comes in to relieve the kid, despite being the starter. Why not? It's spring training.

The kid is practicing with the iron thinger when Fox comes up and tells him that the manager is sending Fox back to the minors. The kid says he is going back too. He finally realizes he need more pitches and is practicing on the iron thinger. He reveals that he's working on a curve. The next day, Fox and the kid join the Cougars, which I assume is the Salmons AAA team. The AAA coach would like the kid to start pitching. Fox starts saying that he needs to rest, but the kid says "OH OKAY, ALL RIGHT!" so he gets to pitch again.

The game starts and we see a guy from the opening credits for this season on the opposing team's bench. He looks THREATENING and STERN.

Episode Rating: B+
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Postby Niehaus on Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:44 pm

Episode 84 (S4E6): Intolerable

The kid starts out mixing curveballs into his pitches. This is good. He is using strategy. It only took us 84 episodes. The Cougars get on the board with a run in the 2nd. The kid takes the opposing team to the 5th inning with only 1 hit. The opposing team's coach is complaining about the kid and then he is interrupted by the stern fellow. He asks him what he means by the interruption and refers to him as GIBSON. He's not JOE GIBSON, but he could be his son or something! YES. The Cougars increase their lead to 3-0 by the bottom of the 6th. The kid is at 100 pitches when he finally gives up a second hit, but the coach doesn't want to pull him yet.

The kid gives up a third hit and has runners at 1st and 2nd. The opposing team's coach sends GIBSON in to finish the kid off and gain a lead after the next batter. The third batter that inning gets a single, loading up the bases. GIBSON is announced as the replacement batter by his full name of JOE GIBSON JUNIOR!

JOE GIBSON! YES!

JOE GIBSON JUNIOR hits a GRAND SLAM on the first pitch the kid throws him and it breezes past the kid's head. The coach pulls the kid and, while he's doing so, the kid walks up to JOE GIBSON JUNIOR to tell him to tell his father that Honda Jr. is coming for both of them. JOE GIBSON JUNIOR understands Japanese, so he is able to talk shit back to the kid. He insults baseballman and tells the kid he should go back to Japan and die like his father did. The kid swears to get revenge on JOE GIBSON JUNIOR for this insult. He charges JOE GIBSON JUNIOR, who dodges from the kid's punch. JOE GIBSON JUNIOR did not like having to stay on the 'shit island' for 2 years because Honda died. He demands an apology from the kid for that offense. A full-on fight breaks out after this.

FUCK YES!

The kid is fined $100, as it was his first offense and it was during spring training. The kid is celebrating, but the coach tells him that he also gave up a lot of runs. As a result, they are releasing him. The show cuts to the manager of the main team stating that the OWNAR managed to negotiate the transfer of an established Japanese pitcher from another major club, so they don't need the kid for marketing anymore. The coach has written the kid an introductory letter for a club in Tennessee. Could it be the SMOKIES?!

Sanchez and Fox drive the kid to the airport and Sanchez tells the kid to focus more on his fastballs than on trying to develop new pitches, because he is still young and he has the strength to do that. NO! FUCK NO.

Episode Rating: B
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Postby Niehaus on Tue Apr 09, 2013 7:27 pm

Episode 85 (S4E7): Courage Refill!

The kid flies to Memphis and encounters 'Miss Alice', a Japanese woman with a bodyguard while he is at the airport. He is shocked to meet another Japanese person, but quickly realizes it must be a bag stealing scam. He guards his bag, but then runs from the bodyguard. When he returns, his bag is stolen. He learned his lesson from last time, though, and kept all his money on his person. He lost all of his clothing, his glove, and a letter of recommendation from guys from his former team. Also, the team name is the Bats.

The kid arrives at the stadium and quickly gets on the 'nervous' of what looks like a janitor by asking to tryout please please. Miss Alice walks out while he is shaking the janitor. Miss Alice is apparently the granddaughter of the owner of the Bats, who are apparently a triple A team. As the grandfather is ill, she's running the club for him. The team is apparently doing rather poorly in the money department. The kid is arriving during an exhibition game WITH NO RULES and the coach decides to have him suit up and start.

The catcher has an enormous mustache that turns into mutton chops. The catcher asks the kid if he understands English. The kid responds by thinking about how awesome the catcher's facial hair is. The catcher tries to work out signs with the kid, who informs him that he only loves fastball. Miss Alice is impressed by the kid's pitching performance as he gets the first two batters out (the first on a foul ball behind the catcher.) She intends to use him as a closer, which would actually fucking work with the only fastball bullshit.

The last batter comes up and he hits an easy pop fly, which all 3 outfielders run to and collide trying to catch. HAVE YOU SEEN AN OUTFIELD COLLISION BEFORE, SHOW MAKER MEN? Shit can fuck you up. The outfielders argue with each other over who should have caught it, despite the fact that there's a clear hierarchy of who catches in these sorts of situations. On the next at bat, the ball slowly rolls between the 2nd baseman's legs. The kid strikes out the next hitter.

Miss Alice and the coach tell the kid that he passed the tryout, even though the team sucks. The Bats' major team is the Indiana Hornets. THERE ISN'T A MAJOR LEAGUE TEAM FROM INDIANA. FUCK YOU.

The kid is thinking about joining a stronger team when the Bats come up to bat in the bottom of the 9th. ROY comes up to bat and gets on base (and is apparently very fast.) Up next is KELLOGG, who bunts ROY over. Miss Alice informs the kid that the Bats almost win the championship nearly every year. The team is apparently almost all offense. The kid decides to stay with the team.

Episode Rating: B-

The next episode preview makes it sound like the upcoming story arc is all about Megaton, in Japan. No fucking kid. No I ONLY PITCH FASTBALLS bullcrap. Actual fucking strategy!
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Postby Niehaus on Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:27 pm

Episode 86 (S4E8): Debut!

So we're still with the kid. Where's the Megaton episode?

We are shown Miss Alice convincing the kid to be the team's closer by telling him that he could play every game that way. He strikes out the side in his first official appearance, prompting the catcher to start kissing him.

And there we go! Megaton time. Megaton is starting batting practice and hitting well. The previous catcher is very upset that Megaton is potentially gearing up to replace him. Megaton spends all night watching old video to prep for his first scrimmage game.

The first game comes to pass and Megaton has a lot of fucking trouble. He can't spot his pitches in unpredictable locations and people aren't playing in line with their tendencies. The existing catcher tells the kid that his old school's baseball manual has its problems. The fucking players all know the manual and are playing along with it. Megaton gets fucking owned all game. It is disheartening and sad.

Episode Rating: C+

FUCK THEM. THEY ARE SAYING STRATEGY IS BAD. God damn it.
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Postby Zaku on Wed Apr 10, 2013 6:45 am

Can we get Megaton to pitch for the Brewers? Can't be any worse than Axford.
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