Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui was there in person at Tokyo Dome to see the Carp capture the Central League pennant. The baseball-mad residents of his city might make it hard for him to do the same should the Carp be on the verge of a Japan Series title.

“I wish I could go, but I don’t have a ticket,” Matsui told The Japan Times from the 10th floor of the Hiroshima City Hall building on Friday afternoon. “Hopefully I’ll cheer (on the Carp) on television.”

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