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Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001
READERS IN COUNCIL
Black eye on Japanese baseball
I would like to thank Jack Gallagher and the rest of the Japan Times staff this season for their interviews with Tuffy Rhodes of the Kintetsu Buffaloes.
I have been a Buffaloes fan since I came to Japan 4 1/2 years ago. Why Kintetsu? I went to a Buffaloes game and found the nicest fans in Japan. People made me feel welcome. Tuffy talked to me. He was a big part of it -- one of the friendliest players with the fans I've ever met.
It's a shame, as Tuffy said, that Japanese people support the Central League more than the Pacific. It's also a shame that racism is rampant in Japanese baseball. The Daiei Hawks apparently believe it would be a crime to let a foreigner break the home-run record. You didn't see American major leaguers pitching around Ichiro when he was on the doorstep of a new record. It's a real black eye on Japanese baseball.
I will support the Buffaloes in the Japan Series. I will support Tuffy Rhodes because he is a true ambassador of baseball in a country where players think they are too good for their fans.
ROBERT BOLOCKTennoji, OsakaThe Japan Times: Oct. 14, 2001 (The opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are the writer's own and do not necessarily reflect the policies of The Japan Times.)