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Japanese pitcher Roki Sasaki looks to extend perfect streak

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Sasaki grew up in the northeastern prefecture of Iwate. His father was killed in the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and subsequent meltdown on three nuclear reactors that devastated that part of the country.

There's no need to add this superfluous info anymore than how the opposing pitcher's father died.

Just stick to his amazing exploits on the mound. Thats enough.

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His father was killed in the earthquake and the tsunami and the nuclear meltdown.

That is why it is news.

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There's no need to add this superfluous info anymore than how the opposing pitcher's father died. 

Just stick to his amazing exploits on the mound. Thats enough.

It provides the reader with useful context that lets them know that in addition to pitching well, he has also overcome personal tragedy. What on Earth is wrong with that?

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> rainydayToday 04:41 pm JST

There's no need to add this superfluous info anymore than how the opposing pitcher's father died.

> Just stick to his amazing exploits on the mound. Thats enough.

> It provides the reader with useful context that lets them know that in addition to pitching well, he has also overcome personal tragedy. What on Earth is wrong with that

Excellent point. I am really rooting for this young man. I am not a fan of his team and I don't watch a lot of NPB games anymore, but I would like to see him have another perfect game. In an age where we tend to think everything's been done, it's great to see someone put something in front of us that we may not have considered possible. If he gets to the eighth inning and has it going on and gets pulled again because of a stupid pitch count, you'll be reading about me right here on JT as having strangled his manager and analytics team with my bare hands.

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His father was killed in the earthquake and the tsunami and the nuclear meltdown.

That is why it is news.

Then why do we not have an update as to the deaths of any other player's parent in the lineups? Surely a small handful of them must have died.

t provides the reader with useful context that lets them know that in addition to pitching well, he has also overcome personal tragedy. What on Earth is wrong with that?

It is mentioned in every single game broadcast, every single TV highlight, and every single mention in the media period.

We get it.

If you can't be interested in the sport or his personal performance without the details of his father's death, you are not a sports fan.

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Master

Please read my post again.

You have missed something I think.

gary

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His father was killed in the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and subsequent meltdown on three nuclear reactors

It makes it sound like he died due to all three…

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Master 

Please read my post again.

You have missed something I think.

gary

No need to read it again, Gary. It added nothing of value to the conversation the first time.

The constant drumbeat of his father's death is exploitative and getting ti be a bit sick now.

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If you can't be interested in the sport or his personal performance without the details of his father's death, you are not a sports fan.

What an inane point of view. If your interest in a sport extends beyond what happen on the playing field, then you aren’t a sports fan? So anyone who has ever read a biography of their favorite player isn’t a real fan?

That just makes no sense at all.

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I am rooting for him but I would hope Orix would have made some adjustments on how to hit off him since the first perfect game against them.

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What an inane point of view. If your interest in a sport extends beyond what happen on the playing field, then you aren’t a sports fan? So anyone who has ever read a biography of their favorite player isn’t a real fan? 

That just makes no sense at all.

His fathers death is of no consequence to Sasaki pitching 17 straight perfect innings.

If you need to be reminded of his tragedy on a daily basis, you're more interested in that than his accomplishments.

Its exploitation and its not dignified.

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Master

This article states that his father died three times in three different places.

Don't you think that is newsworthy?

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Most of the people posting are focused on the WRONG thing.

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I was living in Japan at the time of the great quake and subsequent disasters. At the time I wondered how the children who lost people and family would cope as they grew up. I hoped they would do well. To know that Roki is doing so well in life, after tragedy and hardship is very reassuring and gladdening. Anyone that complains that this is mentioned had no idea of the horror of that time, or else has little feeling for their fellow human beings.

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I was living in Japan at the time of the great quake and subsequent disasters. At the time I wondered how the children who lost people and family would cope as they grew up. I hoped they would do well. To know that Roki is doing so well in life, after tragedy and hardship is very reassuring and gladdening. Anyone that complains that this is mentioned had no idea of the horror of that time, or else has little feeling for their fellow human beings.

I was here too. We all know about the horror whether we were here or not.

Its exploitation to mention it every 5 minutes.

And no. You are not more empathetic than anyone else.

We just disagree on what is dignified and what isn't.

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Like I said, either you weren't here or else are not a kind and empathetic person. The fact that you impose your unfeeling stoic ideals on others is to be expected I suppose. When someone has no feeling for other humans they hide their coldness behind words like 'dignity'. Roki is a beacon of hope, the flame that was not put out. He is showing that life and excellence and Japan still survive and thrive, despite huge hardships. He is the epitome of 'gaman'.

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