"The Uni-President Lions 統一セブンイレブン・ライオンズ kept the Seibu Lions 埼玉西武ライオンズ caged for 8 2/3 innings. But with their backs against the wall, Tomoaki Satō 佐藤友亮 and the Japan Series champions roared loudest in the end. Satō lined a sayonara double into left-center field with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and Yoshihito Ishii 石井義人 beat the relay throw home as the Seibu Lions won the Asia Series アジアシリーズ title in dramatic fashion with a 1-0 win on Sunday at Tōkyō Dome 東京ドーム."
(Japan Times ジャパンタイムズ "Asia falls to mighty Lions" http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/sb20081117j1.html)
For the fourth consecutive year, a Japanese team has clinched the Asia Series club championship, but the baseball gap between Japan and the rest of East Asia is narrowing. The next edition of the World Baseball Classic (WBC) ワールド・ベースボール・クラシック should be exciting to watch as well. The Uni-President Lions, however, return to Taiwan to face as uncertain future as the viability of the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) 中華職業棒球大聯盟 is in doubt over yet another gambling scandal. Where is Taiwan's Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis ケネソー・マウンテン・ランディス?