TOKYO -- If David Eckstein wasn't already aware that this has been a very
long baseball season for him, he certainly was when the team bus pulled up
to the hotel following a Tokyo Dome workout Thursday and the bright lights
above the lobby displayed a seasonal welcome:
Sure, Japan is on the other side of the international dateline, but is it that far on the other side?
"I saw that and I was like, 'What's the deal?'" Eckstein said. "Christmas is
still December ...