Pennant fever

At this moment, the TV news is showing thousands of people packed onto this bridge, Ebisu-bashi, and neighboring bridges over the scummy Dotonbori River. Hanshin fans are one inning away from clinching their first Central League pennant in 18 years, as second-place Yakult is losing to Yokohama 12-6. Despite pleading from the municipal government not to do so, hundreds of fans will likely be plunging into this bacterial broth in a few minutes.

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