Well, the World Series is over, and I send out my condolences to all you Philly Phans in the Hall. Speaking for myself, I felt like the Series was a mediocre one; I dunno, it just sort of sat there.
One bright spot for me was the selection of Hideki Matsui as World Series MVP. I like sports that actually have a global reach — sports where when the winning team says “we’re world champions,” the world actually cares. So I was happy when a Japanese dude kicked major, Mr. October-caliber ass and was able to hoist the MVP trophy up high. And I can only imagine how totally ape-shit crazy the sports media in Japan must be going right now.
This got me thinking: rock and roll is certainly an international game. I think we’d all agree that the World Series of Rock trophy basically gets passed back and forth between England and the United States year after year — but there have been valuable contributions from other nations.
But I don’t want to start a “United Nations of Rock” thread here. I want to focus on something a bit more specific. In honor of Hideki Matsui’s achievement, I want to know: Who’s the Most Valuable Japanese Rock Player?
Note: Native-born Americans (or English dudes) with Japanese features or surnames don’t count — sorry, James “William B. Williams” Iha!
Just tell me the answer is *not* Tetsu Yamauchi!
I look forward to your responses.