Earlier today, I released the first chapter rough draft of the second “book” of my ongoing novel series, titled Stardust House: 1st Year Summer. I still am seeking reviews and someone who can help me edit this so I would be able to send it out for publication and earn some money, and if you would like to help me out, I would love that. Just simply head over to FictionPress, Figment Fiction, or Wattpad and give me some good feedback. Please.
I know this is a strange combination when you first read the title of this entry. For those who have been following the first book of Stardust House should have noted one thing. Not only that the story involved teenage crushes, teen idols, and otaku-ism Japanese style, but it also involved one particular favorite pastime that both the Japanese and us Americans love for the last two centuries or so: BASEBALL.
When I was prepping a basic plot summary of Stardust House, I was watching the replays of the Oakland A’s playing the Mariners1 when they had their first game of the 2012 regular season in Tokyo. Sure, the A’s had a bit of a slump during that series but they didn’t walk off the stadium being swept. The boys of green and gold had a good time there and were also loved by plenty of Japanese baseball fans who came to watch their games. They even had the time to visit one of the cities that were affected by that nasty tsunami last March 2011 and played some awesome baseball with the little future pro ball players there, whether they start from the Little Leagues to the J-Leagues and even the MLB.
I love shoujo manga, especially if they were hilarious slice-of-life types like Lovely Complex, Special A, and Kaichou wa Maid-sama!, but seriously, a teen romantic comedy set in Japan just wouldn’t be that realistic without adding in one of Japan’s most popular Western sports around. After all, in Japan, no matter which part of Japan you may be living in, baseball is God.
So, how about them A’s? Seriously these boys really know how to give every dedicated fan a major heart attack. They were so much on the verge of losing tonight and losing their run for the World Series altogether for this year until the bottom 9th inning. Good lord, I thought. I already said my thanks to the A’s via Twitter right in the middle of 9th inning until we got our boys on base, Seth Smith hitting that double and Coco Crisp with that single? What are the odds, seriously? This is why I hate math so much, let alone statistics2, because seriously, you just can’t predict baseball. Ever!
It’s not that I’m doubting or lost my belief in the A’s right when they were down 3-1 entering the 9th inning, but I’ve always said my thanks to the A’s whether they were winning or losing, because out of so many seasons I’ve watched3, this was by so far the best season I’ve ever watched. Tomorrow will be the last game of the ALDS4 that would become the decisive game on which one of the two teams— A’s or Tigers— will advance to the ALCS5 and which one of them will go home and have better luck at next year’s baseball season. Still, they gave me a major heart attack.
I guess in some ways, it’s safe to say that I grew to enjoy writing Stardust House, most especially when the local team, a tea which hasn’t advanced to the postseason in six years, has finally made it in with a major chance to win the World Series. Now I couldn’t find myself falling asleep because of this serious excitement. As in!
Ending the entry with a good note here now.
On the final note…
I used to respect the Detroit Tigers. Actually I’ve always respected them, even to the fact that I feared them whenever the A’s would play a series with them during the regular season. I’ve always respected them because they always made an effort to make it in the playoffs even though they get eliminated early on and never reached the World Series, let alone the ALCS. The keyword to this is used.
Until earlier today in the beginning of the game when Prince Fielder had that home run. Alright, so he had a home run, but he and some other “key” players on his team6 actually cursed off the A’s fans on the stands, yelling at them to “Shut the F*** up!” I’ve always thought by a common perception that athletes, let alone baseball players, should always be mindful and classy regarding the fans of the opponent team regardless if they start heckling and what not. I thought the Tigers players were some of the more humbler players around7, but this? THIS? They dare tell off the entire O.co Coliseum to “Shut the F*** up”?!
I’m glad that the fans returned the favor when the A’s annihilated that save by winning that special walk-off run that forced the series in to a Game 5. Don’t ever dare tell us fans to shut up in our own house. Ever. Again. Especially when you are in OUR TERRITORY.
Tomorrow, your hides will belong to us.
On the sidenote...
- This would be the last season the ever-famed Ichiro Suzuki to play for the Mariners when he was traded to the New York Yankees in the middle of the season [↩]
- I had to take this class as a mathematical requirement to my college major several years ago instead of calculus [↩]
- since 1987 [↩]
- American League Division Series [↩]
- American League Championship Series [↩]
- Read: Justin Verlander and Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera himself… [↩]
- Unlike the L.A. Angels and the New York Yankees… what the eff… [↩]