Dennis Sarfate is fit, but at a listed weight of 102 kg, he isn't exactly light. So it was with some apprehension that he allowed his Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks teammates to toss him in the air after the team won the 2017 Pacific League pennant on Saturday afternoon at MetLife Dome in Saitama.

"I was a little scared," he said once safely back on his own two feet. "I weigh a lot. I didn't think they were going to be able to get me up in the air. We've got some strong guys on our team I guess."

Sarfate, 36, said it was a first-time experience. Which fits perfectly with the firsts he's achieved on the field while leaving a litany of milestones and records in his wake.