Bill Conlin gives a nice little run down of the beastly nature of Ryan Howard's trip to Japan.
In Game 2, after taking his mother and sister on a daytime tour of
various Tokyo must-sees, Ryan toured the bases. He led off the second
with one of those inside-out lasers to left-center. Kentaro Nishimura,
a 21-year-old righthander, looked as if he had just swallowed a tainted
piece of sushi. As Howard crossed the plate, a tiny boy and girl
dressed in traditional kimonos bowed and handed him a small bouquet of
flowers. With one on in the third, he produced a replica of his epic
one-hopper off Rich Allen's plaque in Ashburn Alley. Replays showed the
indoor moon shot came close to hitting the Tokyo Dome ceiling on a
flight that ended just under the MLB lineup high on the scoreboard in
dead center. The unofficial estimate was 450 feet.
Pitchers and catchers can't report soon enough.
>>Howard a one man tour-de-force in Japan [Inquirer]
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