Nippon Ham Fighters
The Fighters are planning to celebrate with champagne, instead of the usual beer, if they win the Nippon Series. The celebrations will take place on the field, assuming the series is decided at Sapporo Dome.
The 1997 Yakult Swallows and 2000 Yomiuri Giants celebrated with sparkling wine. No Pacific League team has used a non-beer beverage to celebrate.
The Fighters will also attempt to set a world record for most people toasting at once by getting everyone in attendance involved.
Masaru Nakamura, Keisuke Tanimoto, and Yuki Saito arrived in Miyazaki on Saturday. Nakamura was scheduled to start Game 4 of the Final Stage; Tanimoto Game 5 of the Final Stage; and Saito was a back-up option for the bullpen. None of them were able to pitch because the series ended after just three games. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/20/2012, Nikkan Sports 10/20/2012, Nikkan Sports 10/20/2012
Saito told reporters that he is ready to pitch in whatever role is necessary. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2012
Nakamura will pitch in a Phoenix League game against Chunichi on the 23rd; Saito against Orix on the 25th. Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2012
A total five pitchers and four position players were sent to Miyazaki on Saturday. Source: Sanspo 10/21/2012
Yohei Oshima has hit safely in seven straight Climax Series games so far: First Stage, Gm 1: 3-for-5; Gm 2: 4-for-4; Gm 3: 2-for-4; Final Stage, Gm 1: 1-for-5; Gm 2: 2-for-5; Gm 3: 1-for-6; Gm 4: 2-for-5.
Hirokazu Sawamura became the first pitcher in franchise history to record a victory in his first Climax Series start while not allowing any runs. Source: Sponichi 10/21/2012
Hayato Sakamoto and Shinnosuke Abe became the first three/four hitters to collect back-to-back run-scoring hits in a Climax Series game in franchise history. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2012
During the regular season, Abe was 30-for-65 when he made contact on the first pitch. Source: Sponichi 10/21/2012