...Four Samurai Japan-themed t-shirts have gone on sale in Scottsdale, Arizona: Mastuzaka, Ichiro, and Fukudome t-shirts and a rising sun version. They apparently carry a price tag of $25 and are all red.
I'm guessing they're referring to these. As far as I know, these never went on sale in Japan. And IMHO, rightly so because these red t-shirts look horrendous.
Incidentally, from what I've heard, most of the Samurai Japan merchandise is sold out in Japan.
...There was a little bit of a scare when Norichika Aoki was hitting of a tee prior to the game on Thursday. A ball that he hit bounced off a net and hit a stadium employee squarely in the face. Needless to say, Aoki was extremely worried about the incident, but was relieved when he found out the employee was fine. The employee handed Aoki a ball with some blood on it and Aoki in turn signed it and returned it to the employee.
Speaking of Aoki, he had a nice day at the plate going 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, and a stolen base.
Said Aoki, "You have to be agressive against good pitchers. And that's even more important against pitchers you've never faced."
...Ichiro Suzuki was held hitless against the Cubs yesterday, although he did manage a walk in his four trips to the plate. When asked how he was feeling, Ichiro replied cooly, "Why don't you ask the people watching?"
He obviously isn't very happy with his performance so far. And despite how well he's handled the pressure in the past, at some point you have to start considering whether or not the pressure is indeed starting to get to him. Or if he's pushing too hard by practicing so much.
...Every Yu Darvish replay on the news right now involves the scene of him striking out Zambrano and Soriano back-to-back. But I suppose that makes sense considering he loaded the bases with 2 consecutive singles and a walk. Seems Darvish also managed to hit 155km/h on the radar gun as well.
...With Cuba's 16-4 victory over Mexico, Japan fate has been sealed. They will be facing Cuba to start the second round. Daisuke Matsuzaka will most likely get the call for Japan.