Now that Kibo is safely in space the exuberant Japanese reveal they have tweaked the remote manipulator arm (RMA) to throw fastballs the size of small compact cars.
This announcement trumped the Canadians earlier admission they had perfected the underhand toss -- commonly used in softball games -- for their remote manipulator arm (SSRMA).
Clearly, these enhancements will mean more fun for our astronauts," replied Bill Gerstenmaier, NASAs space operations chief.
Gregory Chamitoff remarked, "I will throw the first pitch," making an arm gesture, "this is going to make visits to ISS seem short, cause everyone wants to try his or her expertise."
The Japanese say their arm can routinely fire off 155 km/h (96 mph) shots and the Canadians' boast their arm can, "Catch anything the 'Japs' want to throw our way--bring it ON, ay!"
Here on Earth 'cheerleading teams' are quickly assembling by way of the internet and Las Vegas is scrambling to post the odds and point spread.
"We have never seen such worldly interest in baseball as is happening right now." said Fox News sports reporter, Brian Kilmeade.
Moscow claims any missed catches will be construed as fair play and they will use their secret weapon called 'BATTER UP' to smack the errant toss into the solar outfield.
Houston's comment, "Play ball!"