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Posted in: Japanese players in MLB: Are they overhyped? See in context

Yeah, but Ohtani is almost 30 years old so probably way better at handling pressure than Griffey was in 1988 when he was still a teenager. And the early pressure Griffey was under had no bearing on his success, he was probably the best non-PED linked position player of his generation and it was only injuries much later in his career after he went to the Reds that blunted his career totals (a bit, 630 home runs is still massively impressive), not anything related to that early pressure.

And the early pressure Griffey was under had no bearing on his success, he was probably the best non-PED linked position player of his generation and it was only injuries much later in his career after he went to the Reds that blunted his career totals (a bit, 630 home runs is still massively impressive), not anything related to that early pressure.

So sure? Could you see into his head? His first 4 seasons he didn't hit over 30 homers. Perhaps he WAS feeling pressure and that's why. Or perhaps he was just getting his stride. No one can know unless Griffey himself said so. Plus, many people don't like to admit such things anyway. At any age being considered potentially to be the best of all time and being a country's pride and joy can get to anyone. 30 is still pretty young, too. Most guys are still pretty immature at that age.

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Posted in: Japanese players in MLB: Are they overhyped? See in context

Mostly over hyped. One bona fide hall of famer. One on that trajectory. A few good ones but mostly average to below average. That's being overshadowed now by Ohtani's greatness but just remember that Babe Ruth had over 100 wins and his lifetime batting average was .342. Very few hitters nowadays can hit that in a season much less a career and add in the over 700 home runs he hit. Pump the brakes on that comparison and it's all just recency bias anyway. He's not close yet to being in the company of guys like Aaron, Mays, Mantle, Bonds and Ted Williams.

Exactly! Give the guy a chance before everyone ends up jinxing him. No one seems to be talking about the pressure Ohtani is under. They said the same thing about Griffey Jr. when he was young ("next best of all time"). A lot of people don't even know that he actually tried to kill himself in 1988. I think the pressure is even worse for Ohtani now because of his rare skill set. In the end, injuries mostly led Griff to becoming just one of the greats of all time, but certainly not the greatest.

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Posted in: Japan’s demographic dialogue: A conversation on population See in context

Interesting how something as simple as K-pop and anime can make two countries that once hated each other become so popular with each other. Politicians may want to continue their agenda of promoting hatred and distrust, but the next generation seems not to want anything to do with that. Sure, their interest might be a bit shallow (like cheap cosmetics), but it's better than comfort women denying, Yasukuni Shrine visiting, and Japanese flag burning. Hopefully, one day North Korea can experience the same and allow everyone to move on from the days of imperial Japan, kidnappings, and so on.

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Posted in: Ink and love: How can tattoos affect your relationships in Japan? See in context

@cleo

Don't judge a book by its cover is not something you're familiar with? "Chronic failure"? I guess my tattoo covered body has chronically failed to earn a PhD, a tenure position, multiple homes, a beautiful family, and the respect of many famous artists and musicians who call me their friend? Can you say the same for yourself? My tattoos are not a trend. They represent my life, my experiences, my interests, and what I believe is cool. Some people express the things they've survived or their hard life or abuse through their tattoos. Have you made similar achievements in life despite the cards being stacked against you? But such people are 'failiures'? And what you believe is 'cool' may be something different. That's okay too. I don't judge you, but maybe you should check yourself. And you sound quite behind the times with your comments about baggy pants, etc. Maybe you don't like hip hop and its style, but millions do. So, all those millions just happen to be wrong, and you are right?

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