(Video, Hiroshima Toyo Carp vs Yomiuri Giants.)
Emotion, excitement, and accomplishment… Everything has been stored in this very video. For the first time in 25 years, passing through the team’s dark days… the Hiroshima Toyo Carp finally won the Central league pennant this season, defeating the Kyojin at their home turf, Tokyo Dome by a score of 6-4 last night (with the amount of Carp fans in the stands, you can’t tell if this is really the Kyojin’s home).
This season will be Hiroki Kuroda, and Takahiro Arai’s final year with the team (as they will retire)… them winning the pennant, in their final season?.. Truly an epic moment, and career to remember, and will no doubt be embedded in their memories forever. Both Kuroda and Arai were drafted by the Hiroshima Toyo Carp, in year 1996 and 1998 respectively… different teams, or different paths it may be (as Kuroda went, and play in the Majors in year 2008-2014, while Arai, being a FA, went to play for the Hanshin Tigers, also, in 2008-2014… both of em came back, and played again for the Carp in 2015…), they are, and will still be a Carp for many years to come… showing how much they really love this team.
Damn, this is really just awesome… I really hope there will be an anime adaptation of this very season regarding about the Carp, and Kuroda/Arai backstory…