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Thursday’s Mashup: Koji Uehara returns to Tokyo Dome, fans go insane

Lucy Burdge
March 22, 2018 - 7:37 am

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-- Koji Uehara made his return to the Tokyo Dome on Tuesday night for the first time in 10 years and fans went crazy.

The former Red Sox closer made his entrance to “Sandstorm,” sparking insanity in the stands.

The 42-year-old recently signed with the Yomiuri Giants. He previously played for the Giants in Japan from 1998-2008. He won the World Series with the Red Sox in 2013.

-- CBS is defending showing crying kids on NCAA tournament broadcasts after some viewers complained about this part of the network’s coverage.

There were upsets and comebacks in the first round which, naturally, led to young fans crying.

CBS executive producer Harold Bryant defended the coverage in a recent interview.

“It’s part of the drama and the storytelling of the tournament,” Bryant said. “It’s part of the emotion. We try to capture the emotion and we try to strike that right balance.”

“We show happy kids, we show sad kids, we show happy adults, we show players that are happy, we show players that are sad, crying on the benches or on the floor,” he continued. “We do our best, throughout all of these games, throughout the tournament, to strike that proper balance.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Right now I’m just living life and trying to figure out what I want to do next. Is it to continue to play? Is it to explore other options? What is it that I want to do? After 10 years, you take such a toll not only on your body but mentally. So it’s just like where am I in a mental capacity overall? Is it something I want to continue to do?” -- Martellus Bennett, on his plans for the future

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