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Sunday, July 08, 2012

Yankees’ Kuroda Was Molded by Pain in Japan

News on B.F. Skinner’s brief foray into athletic training . . .

“Kuroda’s first formal introduction to the old-school culture of Japanese baseball came when he was in first grade. After he had made a mistake, the coach administered a punishment known as ketsu batto. He got whacked with a bat (batto) on his backside (ketsu).”

“Starting in elementary school, it was like the military almost,” he said. “If you did something wrong in a game, you’ll get a certain number of spanks with a bat. The next day, you couldn’t even sit in a chair in school.

. . .

“It was all so ingrained in me that I still have a fear of giving up hits and runs,” he said while sitting in the Yankee Stadium dugout before a game last week.

Colonel Lagis Posted: July 08, 2012 at 01:46 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: japan, ketsu battu, yankees

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   1. The District Attorney Posted: July 08, 2012 at 02:02 PM (#4176155)
This might explain how Hideki Matsui became such a perv.
   2. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: July 08, 2012 at 02:24 PM (#4176169)
I never knew that Jerry Sandusky once coached youth baseball in Japan.
   3. vortex of dissipation Posted: July 08, 2012 at 02:41 PM (#4176178)
After four days and nights of this treatment, the parents of Kuroda’s teammate intervened more directly. They took the boys back to their house, gave them water and food, and bathed them. They called Kuroda’s mother and told her the situation.

“She said to send me back,” Kuroda said, laughing. “At that point, I knew I had an enemy in my own house.”

Kuroda said his father, a onetime outfielder for the Nankai Hawks who opened a sporting goods store after retiring, believed that his son had made a commitment when he went to that school to play baseball, and that that meant obeying the coach.

But his mother, if firm, seemed more open to reason — at least insofar as she allowed him to spend the night with his friend and return to the coach and the team the next morning


His mother was a shot putter on the Japanese Olympic team. She was probably quite familiar with the concept.
   4. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: July 08, 2012 at 03:43 PM (#4176196)
That coach is going to be pissed when William Holden blows up the bridge.
   5. karlmagnus Posted: July 08, 2012 at 05:31 PM (#4176232)
Can't the Red Sox send Beckett and Lackey for a training year in a Japanese high school? They'd be so much better when we got them back!
   6. Joe Bivens Will Take a Steaming Dump Posted: July 08, 2012 at 05:37 PM (#4176235)
Why just one year?
   7. Greg K Posted: July 08, 2012 at 05:50 PM (#4176240)
Can't the Red Sox send Beckett and Lackey for a training year in a Japanese high school? They'd be so much better when we got them back!

Looks like fun to me.
   8. Obo Posted: July 08, 2012 at 06:02 PM (#4176243)
"Strange thing is they make such bloody good cameras."
   9. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: July 08, 2012 at 06:22 PM (#4176246)
Can't the Red Sox send Beckett and Lackey for a training year in a Japanese high school? They'd be so much better when we got them back!

They'd probably get into a fight with this guy or this guy and be on the DL until 2015.
   10. zack Posted: July 09, 2012 at 10:34 AM (#4176878)
Speaking of everyday Japanese high school practices, why is Battle Royale suddenly in theatres?
   11. vortex of dissipation Posted: July 09, 2012 at 11:33 AM (#4176925)
Speaking of everyday Japanese high school practices, why is Battle Royale suddenly in theatres?


I'd assume to cash in on all the Hunger Games fans.

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