It's raining hard at Shinbanba station in Tokyo's Shinagawa Ward. Pouring, actually, real cats-and-dogs-type stuff.

Sac Bunts is here, on the Keikyu Line platform, with Marty Kuehnert, former general manager of NPB's Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles and currently a senior GM with the B. League's Sendai 89ers, and Mark Schreiber, a frequent contributor to The Japan Times. Schreiber is the leader of this little excursion into a story involving baseball legend Sadaharu Oh and a sick child.

"You picked a great day," Kuehnert jokes.