In Japan, the playoffs are called the Climax Series, since the Carp won the Central League they had a bye week and then played the winner of the first series which ended up being the Yokohama Baystars. The Carp also go into the series one game up on the other team and have home field advantage; the perks of winning the league. On Wednesday Kris pitched the first game of the series for the Carp. As a wife I sit in the stands, trying not to be a nervous wreck , praying for a solid six or seven innings. You are just wanting him to come off the mound feeling good about the job he did. Well, Kris pitched a complete game shut out, only allowing three hits, all while not letting a single player advance to second base the entire game! He was the first foreign pitcher to pitch a complete game shutout during the playoffs in 55 years, (Yes that meant I got to be a nervous mess for nine whole innings but it was totally worth it). I am filled with so much excitement for him and the Carp during this time. We ended up wining 5-0 on Wednesday, 3-0 Thursday and Saturday we won 8-7 and are headed to the NIPPON SERIES!! ( That is the world series in Japan for the readers from the states).
Here are a few photos from yesterday’s game. I chose to sit out in our friend’s section, so I didn’t get many photos, but I had a blast cheering with everyone. This girl… let’s just not talk about her leaving Japan to move to the states in two weeks. I just can’t handle the thought of the next three years without her. After we won the CL and then won the CS the guys all come out on the field and do the cheer that fans say every time the team scores. it ends with “Banzai Banzai Banzai” with your hands going up and down. Hope I explained that good enough!
Last night Kris and I went to a nice dinner to celebrate his birthday ( don’t worry we ate cake and celebrated earlier this week too), then out for the night to celebrate the big win with friends! I love this guy so much and I have enjoyed every second of watching him live his dream. I would have never imagined we would be heading to the Nippon Series his second year in Japan!!