Sport: Breiza-san Is a Hitto

Sitting in the dugout last spring, Head Coach Don Blasingame could see why the rival batters were lambasting his fastballing pitcher. Blasingame asked for time out and told the pitcher to throw more change-up pitches. The catcher, mistaking the instruction as criticism of his pitch-calling abilities, lost his temper and got into a shouting match with the coach. Fortunately, neither man could understand what the other was saying, for Blasingame was ranting in English while the catcher was raving in Japanese. The first American ever to serve as the head coach of a...

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