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The deciding factor in McCovey Cove rooting interests: Left-handed sluggers

Martin may be a Bay Area local, but he was rooting for Team Japan in the World Baseball Classic Semifinal on Sunday night at AT&T Park.

Why, you ask? Well, he was in a kayak in McCovey Cove, and wanted to see some of Japan's left-handed sluggers -- like Shinnosuke Abe -- deposit  baseballs into the water.

-- Manny Randhawa / Contributor to

This post is part of a World Baseball Classic partnership between and the Indiana University School of Journalism at IUPUI.