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May 03, 2005

アメリカで1面を飾りました!

リンク: The Herald-Mail ONLINE.
まさにアメリカン・ドリーム!昨日のエッグ・トス大会に優勝して新聞の1面を飾っちゃいました。
(記事の原文は以下の通り)
Monday May 2, 2005

Teams scramble for title

by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

HAGERSTOWN - Jason Rhea and Naoyuki Mizuguchi. Two good eggs that will go down in the books of egg-tossing history.

At a distance of about 30 paces, Rhea, 25, made the final under-handed toss of a medium-sized, raw egg to Mizuguchi, 26, who deftly cradled the cornerstone of breakfasts worldwide. The catch clinched the title in Sunday's National Egg Toss Championships at Municipal Stadium.

The pair beat out three dozen other two-person teams. With no egg on his face, Rhea, a West Virginia native living in Hagerstown, said the win was a memorable one.

"I never thought we'd make it this far," Rhea said.

Suns General Manager Kurt Landes said Sunday's egg-tossing competition after the Suns game is what he hopes is the first of many.

While county fairs and school field days might hold egg-toss competitions, no one has apparently tried to make it a national event, Landes said.

"This is something that, really, can truly grow if it's done correctly and properly," Landes said. Getting the event on the ESPN sports television network or gaining the notoriety of Punxsutawney Phil, Groundhog Day's star, is not an unattainable goal, Landes said.

The egg-toss idea, not just another publicity stunt, Landes said, was part of a plan to bring more awareness to the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum.

Richard Schukraft, a volunteer at the Rural Heritage Museum, said his organization approached the Suns because they are in the middle of efforts to expand the museum.

With the help of some county 4-H members, Sunday's baseball game also took on a rural look with a cow-milking contest before the game and fans hooting out hog calls between innings.

Anyone who wished could enter the egg toss competition, and the rules were simple.

One team member throws the egg to the other team member. If the egg doesn't break, the team members move farther apart.

All the teams tossed their egg at the same time on Landes' command, and if a team's egg broke, they were out. This went on until all the eggs were broken but one.

Mizuguchi claimed the better catching ability, which likely helped in the final toss, although Rhea said "I think age played a big factor."

The pairs that won second and third place were father-and-son duos. Ethan Griffin, 7, and Jim Griffin, 41, took second place, and Joshua Scoggan, 10, and Enrique Regueiro, 49, took third.

Ethan Griffin said he got a thrill out of "just doing it." His father reassured him that they would return.

"We'll get it next time," the elder Griffin said.

Rhea and Mizuguchi are interns with the Suns. Landes said, however, their win was not rigged. The egg they won with was broken after the final toss, proving it was a legitimate and fair competition.

It seems unlikely that the winning pair will return next year to defend its title. Mizuguchi, a native of Japan, said he hoped to participate again, but after his three-month internship is over he hopes to return to Japan to work in baseball there.

Another pair that hopes to return next year is Nick Collins, 45, and his son, Nicholas, 12. The two were the first pair eliminated in Sunday's competition after the older Collins stuck his finger in the egg as he was catching it.

"We kind of yoked around this year. Next year, we'll take it more serious," Collins said.

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おお、すごいな。
心なしか、顔もアメリカ風になってきた気がするね。

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