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Japan HS baseball player gets hit by pitch, admits he leaned into it, then blasts a homer

Koshien is a massive event with the highest of stakes.
Over 15 days, 56 teams compete in front of a crowd of nearly 50,000 people for the Japanese High School Baseball Championship, according to Yahoo. In 1998, future MLB pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka once threw a 17-inning complete game in the quarterfinals — one day after a 148-pitch shutout, according to the Washington Post.
Matsuzaka pitched in relief the following day and then threw another shutout in the championship.
With stakes that high, pitchers willing to risk the health of their arms for the tournament, it’s unthinkable that a player would shrug off a free base and step back into the batter’s box