Sunday was truly a historic day for Japanese professional baseball.

Roki Sasaki, a 20-year-old right-hander for the Chiba Lotte Marines threw a perfect game against the Orix Buffaloes. The young phenom also struck out 13 consecutive batters, a new record in Japan, with 19 strikeouts altogether in the game.

Although I am not a Marines fan, Sasaki’s perfect game, the first in Japanese baseball since 1994, excited me in two different ways.