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pinch hitter

November 25, 1969

Evening Lecture
City Center, San Francisco

[Katagiri spoke before Suzuki.]

SR: I am very happy to be with you. I am rather tired, and the pinch hitter1 hit a home run [laughs, laughter]. So maybe at the end of the ninth inning—game was called again [?], and we won. So [laughs, laughter] I am sorry I had no chance to play this evening.

I think it is almost one year since I caught the Hong Kong or Asian flu. Right now, in spite of heavy work, I feel very good. So, I think I am almost all right if I have a cup of water when I give you a lecture [laughter]. I think I'm quite all right.

But, as I said, we won the game, so [laughs] the only thing we should do is go home and go to bed and have a nice sleep [laughs, laughter].

Thank you very much. [Laughter.]


1 Earlier, Katagiri Roshi referred to himself as a “pinch hitter” for Suzuki until the latter arrived.

Source: Original City Center tape transcribed by Diana Bartle (10/23/00) and checked by Bill Redican (10/23/00). Lightly edited for readability by Wendy Pirsig and Peter Ford (2/2021).

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