To say simply that Senichi Hoshino put Masahiro Tanaka in the game during the ninth inning of the Japan Series finale somehow does the moment a disservice.

Hoshino didn't so much insert Tanaka into the game as force him in.

Eyes full of fire and brimstone while three outs away from the biggest win of his long managerial career, Hoshino (who later said Tanaka had to convince him to get in the game) screamed at the home-plate umpire, despite only a few centimeters separating the two, as he made his final pitching change.