I'm home in Seattle. I'll be at the Oakland A's game tomorrow night, wearing my Jason Kendall shirt in all its glory.
Don Blasingame apparently died last week. He was one of the first Americans to manage a baseball team in Japan; important enough to the history of gaijin-NPB relations to have his own chapter in Robert Whiting's book You Gotta Have Wa. I'm glad Rob Fitts got in an interview with him for "Remembering Japanese Baseball", which I really do need to go order a copy of.
The Fighters are in the top half of the Pacific League. Ogasawara's only batting .282, but with 9 home runs. Yow.