In the early hours of misery after one of the cruelest World Series defeats in franchise history, Red Sox fans unleashed torrents of frustration. At the umpires, for the obstruction rule. At Jarrod Saltalamacchia, for the wild throw to third. At manager John Farrell, for the questionable strategy.
Koji Uehara was upset, too — at himself, for surrendering the hit that fueled the Game 3 rally. But no one reading the Boston papers or watching local television the next day would have known it unless they were perusing his blog and could read Japanese.
“It’s my fault that I gave up the double,’’ Uehara wrote. “I’m very ashamed of myself that I threw such an easy ball even after being told by the bullpen coach to watch out for first pitches.’’
Uehara’s blog posts — translated for the Globe by Yohei Oka, a Harvard senior from Tokyo — provide a glimpse of Koji unfiltered. He dishes about himself, his teammates, his opponents, and, oh, the unforgiving nature of many in the Boston media, long a complaint of sports figures.
“There were a lot of articles mentioning ‘nightmares,’ ” Uehara wrote after the Sox won the Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays, thanks in part to his save in the clincher.
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