Robert Whiting: You Gotta Have Wa



Ust how different another group s values can be from your own Interesting profiles of the American major league baseball players who chose to play in Japan through the years Clash of cultures to say the least I d be interested to know if Whiting or anyone lse picked up where this book left off to describe the Zoete tranen experience of the Japanese players who have come to play major league ball here in the states As a than casual baseball fan I d say Japanese players have been accepted andven Water Music embraced by fans and the baseballstablishment here in vivid contrast to the xperience of American players in Japan as described in this book Robert Whiting image from The Japan Times You Gotta Have Wa is a wonderful baseball book It has mucho information about the history and practice of besuboru in Japan Some of the differences to the Western approach are stark Interesting bits on MLB players trying to survive in a very different sports culture A must read for anyone seriously interested in baseball Whiting has written six other books on Japanese baseball Are you interested in Japan Do cultural differences fascinate you Do you know anything about baseball If you answered yes to two out of three of those uestions you gotta get You Gotta Have Wa a collection of anecdotes detailing the history of Japanese Baseball Robert Whiting the book s author is a skilled writer capable of injecting his own clever or xpository comments while also getting out of the way and becoming a reporter when necessary And there is a lot to get out of the way of in You Gotta Have Wa From the adulation of the foreign players to the scrutiny they Student Research Projects in Calculus endure if they don t perform from the american players who loved japan to those that hated it typically both at once from the reverential home run king Sadaharu Oh to the rebellious act pitcher dirty Egawa from the passion of the fans to support their teams to the pressure on the players to practice toxhaustion and beyond You Gotta Have Wa is ntertainment that goes into xtra innings Its got character personality and authenticity to spare And when you re done reading you will feel like you understand another culture a little bit better Its a home run I wanted a book about baseball in Japan and that is what I got A fantastically well researched book about the idiosyncrasies of besuboru in Japan particularly from the perspective of American baseball players and fans I know a hundred times about Japanese baseball than I did before good work book I felt however that Whiting could have written half as much as he did and I d still know just as much Perhaps he felt that Love for Imperfect Things every single thing he researched belonged in writing So it got boring in the middle But the 2009 updates preface andpilogue were fascinating bookends with modern names that I recognized and updated context and developments in the system Ironically it appears that the cookie cutter approach and fabled team spirit philosophy that helped make Japan a flawless manufacturing money making machine may not really suit baseball Japanese style uality control means that A Heart of Stone everyone has to doverything the same way No one is allowed to think for himself Nothing is left to chance or individual need Managers and coaches demand blind obedience to traditional methods and the players who don t go along are weeded off the assembly line The result is a passive approach to playing baseball or as Reggie Smith once said They play as if they are punching a clock An Taking Instruction (Taboo, enjoyable read for all of the interesting information about the differences between the American and Japanese approaches to baseball but oddly organized at time and it seemed really repetitive mostly in the second half of the book Not many memorable uotes but at the same time I will never be able to think about team unity and not think of the Japanese concept of wa If you are into baseball I would still recommend itFunnest fact from the book Sadaharu Oh who hit 868 HRs in his career practiced his swing by slicing tiny pieces of paper suspended by string from the ceiling with a katana Coo. 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This isn t baseball it only looks like it Reggie Smith said after his after his first year with the Yomiuri Giants in 1983 Reggie was right Legendary Japanese coach Suishu Tobita 1886 1965 said much the same thing though in loftier tones The purpose of baseball training is not health but the forging of the soul and a strong soul is only born from strong practice To hit like a shooting star to catch a ball beyond one s capabilitiesSuch beautiful plays are not the result of techniue but the result of good deeds For all these are made possible by a strong spiritual power Student baseball must be the baseball of self discipline or trying to attain truth just as in Zen BuddhismIn many cases it must be a baseball of pain and a baseball practice of savage treatment Only with the constant cultivation of tears sweat and bleeding can a player secure his position Baseball fans will love this rollicking road trip through the world of besuboru Whiting has spent much of his life in Japan and clearly loves the game and the country the insights he shares into Japanese culture and character are as interesting and Divertimento entertaining as the baseball tales Americans played ball Japanese worked at it There was nothing mellow or laid back about Jim Horner s host They were unremittingly formal disciplined cerebral and incredibly uptight at least when they were sober The standard look was Military Grim Only in Japan he discovered did both company workers and kindergarten students alike take medicine for stress In Japan surrendering the first run in a game was considered so psychologically damaging to team mood that defeat was almost inevitableThey talked about pressure as if it were a disease the pressure of falling behind the pressure of a one run leadThey played the game as if there were no tomorrow using starting pitchers in relief pinch hitting inarly innings and sacrificing bunting at Love Is a Fairy Tale every conceivable opportunityThe Japanese system builds players with a near superhuman ability tondure pain which can do harm than good Choji Murata was among the many pitchers who subscribed to the Japanese notion that you should pitch till your arm fell off a hundred pitches in practice and then Promise at Dawn even in the game He continued to pitch with a ruptured ligament in hislbow for a year and a half Said Warren Cromartie about his Japanese baseball xperience It makes boot camp look like a church social Leron Lee played for over 10 years in Japan and holds the Japanese career batting average record 320 for players with a minimum of 4000 at bats Lee credits the Japanese training regimen with honing his skills I did a lot of batting practice when I was in the States a couple of hundred balls a day But in Japan we were hitting 500 to 700 balls a day Lee said Over the years all the practice turned out to be a blessing It made me a consistent hitter because my swing was fixed As the years went by I realized that kind of spring training was xactly what I should have been doing here in the States Lee would go on share his knowledge with the Oakland A s as batting coach in 1989 the year the A s claimed their wildly improbable World Series titleYou Gotta Have Wa was written in 1988 a point at which the US Japanese trade frictions were at a peak the Japanese Bangkok Wakes to Rain economy was booming and there was plenty of money and national pride to go around Since then much has changed Japan has been in a prolongedconomic slump and baseball has suffered The Right Sort of Man (Sparks Bainbridge Mystery economically More players in Japan are opting to play in America someven right out of college These days the best ballplayers from Japan like Ichiro Suzuki Hideki Matsui and Hideo Nomo are as good as any players in the MBL Even this Red Sox fan has to marvel at these Ichiro momentsThe Darkmere enthusiasm with which America has welcomed Japanese stars like Ichiro has been something of a balm to Japanese pride and there arencouraging signs that the xenophobia and outright racism described by Whiting in You Gotta Have Wa is less overt these days But the tough ven grueling training hasn t altered and probably never will. 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And for some American transplants that s a lesson well worth learningContent rating PG for crude language both Japanese and English and for racial pithets I feel like I have been very conflicted about many of the books I have read recently but here we are again I am VERY conflicted about this book I like baseball and I like the way they talk about baseball in this book I like way they talk about the culture clash of American vs Japanese baseball in this book I find it all very interesting and as a life long Mets fan I very much appreciate the long section at the The Eric Carle Gift Set end that s all about Bobby VWhat I do not appreciate is the blatant misogyny displayed by the author almostvery time he talks about women It would be one thing if this only occurred in uotations People say sexist things and you can uote that that s not necessarily the author s opinion I get that T Whiting conveys a fascinating story of national identity through baseball Perhaps the most interesting societal idea is to see how besuboru lives as an invented national sense of identity than a complete reflection of true Japanese society Of course what a society chooses to project can be as important as how it actually lives because it hints at where it would like to go In some ways the same type of struggle can be seen in the outsized patriotism of today s NFL But beyond the larger social constructs the book is simply a fun look at a crazy world of baseball crossed with ultra marathons Though I also admit the focus on practice reminds me of my college rowing career which consisted of an Huguenot Prophecy and Clandestine Worship in the Eighteenth Century extreme ratio of practice time to race time While we would consider it insane not to think the former served the latter the shaping of one s approach to life may be similar Additionally the book provides anntertaining time capsule of 1980 s baseball that was just before my time It was amusing to read stories of men I think of as wrinkly old managers depicted as home run smashing barbarian gaijin particularly Charlie Manuel who apparently went by Chuck in those days It seems like the stories that lead to Americans going ballistic are the funniest because the sense of losing your mind bashing your head against some of the silly rules is so wonderfully told and brings to mind 1984 mashed up with Ball Four On a side note I would love to see an afterword on how Japan has dealt with the Sabermetric revolution This book surprised me in a good way Recommended to me a baseball fan of only about two years by a good friend who loves baseball and has been following it for most of his life I wasn t sure if I was going to be able to get as much out of the book as he did That being said I am Fashion Design Course extremely glad I ve read this book In fact now that I am writing this review I am changing my rating from 4 stars to 5 stars because I recall the strongmotions shock anger intrigue and this book made me feel at different times That is the mark of a good book as far as I am concernedThis book should not be treated as a book about baseball so much as a book about Japanese culture and the way Japanese cultural values affect the way they play the game Group conformity and Aeralis (The Frost Chronicles, emotion take precedence over personal needs The player who asks for money or less practice is accused of disturbing the team s wa or unity Rules are upheld subjectively based on an umpire s sense of fairness targeted mainly towards former MLB players and victory may not always be identified by a win but instead by a tie or in some odd cases a loss Most teams are treated like a military group or dojo Team managers go as far as calling their methodology death training Players are not allowed to miss games for important familyvents whether celebration or tragedyThis is a great book that anyone can Alternatives Chapter 2 (The Chronos Files; The Shattered Saga enjoy The medium of baseball is anxcellent way to add Cincinnati and Other Plays entertainment into a book containing material that couldasily be found in a college foreign studies course I Speak Out! encourage anyone interested in Japanese culture to read this book as it provides a fairly well rounded view of Japanese society It may surprise you An just baseball fans it also should appeal to readers interested in modern day Japanese culture My only complaint about You Gotta Have Wa is that I was hoping the book would be a bit in depth and slightly less sensational The chapters read like a series of magazine articles and I have a You Gotta Have This Now | You Had Me You You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band Music You Gotta Have a Laugh TV You Gotta Have an Open Mind Music You Gotta Have the Want To Book You Gotta Hear It Music You Gotta Hear This Community You Gotta Hear This Music Video You Gotta Hear This One Song Music You Gotta Hit This From Thee Back Cause Your Gonna Mess Up My Hair Community You Gotta Keep Dancin Book You Gotta You Gotta Have a System – John Maxwell You Gotta Have a System January The John Maxwell Leadership Podcast Comment We hope you had a great holiday and that younjoyed our last series The Domino Effect If you stepped up to Mark and Richard’s challenge last week to perform a year.

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