Whoa, the Major League Baseball season started. Kinda. I mean, I kept hearing about the Red Sox and A's going over to Japan, but I figured it was for some kind of exhibition, or that the Opening Day game was next week or something. I just heard a bunch of chatter from Red Sox fans and instinctively tuned them out. It's a defense mechanism.
Anyway, my ignorance and lack of awareness has never stopped me from reporting on a story before, and it won't stop me now. As of this sentence Boston leads 6-4 in the tenth thanks to a 9th inning solo shot by Boston's Brandon Moss to send the game into extra innings; Manny Ramirez then gave the Sox the lead in the 10th with a two-out double. Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka went five innings, allowing 2 hits and 2 runs, while walking 5 and striking out 6.
And for any readers who are new to the site since last baseball season, pictured here is gravure idol Yoko Matsugane. When Dice-K started being a story in the winter of '06-'07, it was next to impossible to find pictures of him large enough to satisfy the tabloid requirements of With Leather. So I adopted his countrywoman Yoko in his stead, and she's been accompanying Dice-K stories ever since. And we all masturbated happily ever after.
UPDATE: It's a final: Red Sox 6, A's 5.