Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Dream Match 2012: Tunnels Sports King is Me

There was an entertaining show on the other night hosted by two Japanese comedians, one was Takaaki Ishibashi (of the movies Major League II & III).  It is an annual show that is now part of the New Year's programing in Japan.  On the show the two comedians challenge pro athletes to various competitions within their sports, but add (often hilarious) twists to level the playing field.  The sports included were golf, soccer, tennis and baseball.  The baseball portion came last and featured the comedians' team, with a couple former players, facing off against a team that included the former-Dragon Kosuke Fukudome, Hiroyuki Nakajima, Takeya Nakamura and Hisayoshi Chono.
For the competition the Tokyo Dome playing surface was transformed into a full-sized "baseball pinball" machine, with portions of the field designated as hits or outs based loosely on the original pinball game.
Batters faced a pitching machine that threw multiple pitches and at varying speeds.  The opposing team was allowed to choose which pitch was to be thrown.  The game was originally scheduled for five innings, but the heated contest continued beyond that.  Here is a link if you would like to watch: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMzM5MDY3NzI4.html baseball starts at about the 187 minute mark.
Also Kosuke broke one of his bats during the challenge, it is now signed and available for purchase somewhere, there were phone numbers flashed during the show.

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