Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Matsuzaka Watch: False Start

Well. It appears as though my information was incorrect and Matsuzaka didn't pitch in the first game of the Soft Bank Hawks series. Disappointing to say the least. I was looking forward to this all day.

He is scheduled to pitch on Thursday, March 30th and the game is available to watch free online. You can catch all the action live at 1am PST or 4am EST. For those of you in Japan, you can tune in at 6:05 for the first pitch. Opposing Matsuzaka and Seibu is Soft Bank's Tsuyoshi Wada, also going for the first time this season.

Many of the Japanese ballclubs are offering games free online this season, and I will post information as soon as a good game comes up on the schedule. The feed looks clean and the game is really enjoyable to watch online. In case you have trouble navigating the Soft Bank site (in Japanese), just click the button on the page which looks like this:

100k(WindowsMedia)

...and the game will launch automatically in Windows Media Player. If you don't have WMP, I don't know what to tell you. Sorry.

Stay tuned for my recap and links to the highlights of the ballgame. I'll pick out the things that are important and leave the rest for posterity. Yup....you can watch video highlights of games in Japan....