For the first time since 1991, the Hiroshima Toyo Carp clinched the Central league pennant

(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…

4 thoughts on “For the first time since 1991, the Hiroshima Toyo Carp clinched the Central league pennant

  1. Against the Kyojin? How 甘い!

    I have my Hiroshima Toyo Carp keychain hanging from a peg on the bulletin board over my desk. Bought it at Hiroshima stadium many years ago. For those of you who don’t know much if anything about Japanese baseball, the Carp were for ages kinda like the old Minnesota Twins of Killebrew and company: they had a stacked lineup and generated dingers like pingpong balls, but never much pitching. They lost lots of games by scores like 9-7 and 11-10 and could never seem to break through. The “ground zero dome” visible from the grandstands in the Peace Park was like some kind of karmic ionizer. The past decade or two has been even less kind to them. My periodic visits to Hiroshima for academic anti-nuclear or “nuclear event” conferences made it possible for me to attend several Carp games, to the tune of two losses and one win (miraculously, against a powerhouse Hanshin team). Their fortunes didn’t improve much when the old stadium was torn down and they moved to the horrendously corporate-named Mazda Zoom Zoom stadium a couple of miles away about seven years ago.

    So congratulations to my star-crossed carp. May the championship series see you transformed into koi. Go out and engorge yourselves on Hiroshima’s favorite comfort food, okonomiyaki with Miyajima oysters!

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      • Well, for those disappointed Giants fans, there’s a beautiful walled early Edo period imperial garden, the Koishikawa Kōrakuen Garden, directly across the street from the Dome. Very peaceful. Great place to stroll and forget your troubles. That’s the Tokyo Dome beyond it:

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