Heather Tarr's Beijing Blog: Part 2
Aug. 22, 2008
Ni hao again...
Last night was a very surreal experience watching USA play Japan for the Gold Medal. We knew going into the stadium that the winner would take all this game, but didn't expect to see such a dominating performance by Japan. Japan had a lot of momentum going into the game, coming off two huge extra inning games the day before.
I was really impressed with Japan's pitcher and how she competed in the circle. She was throwing a consistent 67 mph and was nails when the U.S. loaded the bases with one out. She got the U.S. to pop up twice to get out of that inning.
It was sad to see the U.S. not win its fourth gold medal, however, it was exciting to see such a great performance by Japan - they were the better team last night. They had to be to beat the best team in the world and they did. If there's any silver lining in Japan taking the gold, it shows that there is a great amount of parity in our game, a factor that may lead to getting softball back into the Olympics in 2016.
It was sad to see the last game played by many of our Olympians, however, I believe that our sport will continue to thrive at the professional level and I am excited to watch these women compete at that level for years to come.
Now that the softball games are over here in Beijing, it's time to take advantage of my last few days here with some shopping, see some more sights and try to get into some other events.
See you all soon!