March 30, 1994 |
Amid a steady drizzle, a crowd began to gather near the bullpen at Chaminade High. On the mound was 17-year-old right-hander Takahiro Yamazaki of Shizuoka Commercial High in Japan. On display was the Japanese approach to America's national pastime. The game between Chaminade and the visitors from Japan had just been canceled. But instead of heading for shelter, Yamazaki headed for the hill and started slinging in the rain. "I throw many pitches," Yamazaki said through an interpreter.