Today the evening newspapers were all about the Tohoku High School Baseball Team.
No, they didn't win their game today at the national high school tournament. They unfortunately lost 0-7. But the front page of the newspapers read "Good game, Tohoku!" or "Thank you, Tohoku!"
The baseball team of Tohoku High School (Miyagi Prefecture) were practicing outside when the earthquake hit. With the devastation that followed, many assumed they wouldn't make it to the tournament. The team's practices were halted in order to help out at rescue shelters, even as many of the players who lived in dorms went without water, electricity, and gas, too. But with the safety of all the player's families confirmed and through the support of many of the people in shelters, they were able to make their way to the tournament the following week.
These high school baseball tournaments we have twice a year is very special in Japan. People of all ages watch this tournament to root for the team representing their prefecture or just to see the young players hit, run, and shout their hearts out in every game.
Although the Tohoku High School Baseball Team weren't able to make it to the next round, the fact that they fought to the very end was an inspiration that lifted the spirits of many who watched.
And as one of the newspapers said, "...all of Japan applauded."
There's a really great article on high school baseball here.