|The Truth About Chris|
|Season 1, Episode 8|
|Air date||November 24, 2013|
|Written by||Takeshi Konuta|
|Directed by||Mitsuyuki Masuhara|
The Two Batteries
With Chagrin In His Heart
The Truth About Chris (Kurisu no Shinjitsu, クリスの真実) is Episode 8 of the Diamond no Ace Anime series. The Episode follows the storyline from Chapters 19 to 21 of the manga.
Sawamura is getting infuriated with Chris leaving practices early and leaving additional workouts for him to do. He talks to Rei and Miyuki about it, but his words make Miyuki furious. Rei then shows Sawamura where Chris is going to and what he's always doing after practice.
Sawamura’s still fuming over the training menu that Chris left him and his temper is only fueled by seeing Furuya’s pitches being caught by Miyuki. He asks his roommates about his training menu and he’s told that it’s to help prevent injuries. So now he’s pumped and works it until 10 p.m. Sawamura runs to Chris’s room and asks to catch his pitches, but he refuses. Sawamura’s got to do the training menu for 364 more days and then he’ll work seriously with him.
A few days later, they’re at the Kanto tournament and Tanba’s lost his momentum in the seventh. They bring Furuya in, which will only serve to fuel Sawamura’s fire. But Furuya’s good. Like really good. He’s got a powerful fastball and he strikes out five in a row to start. Chris tells him the eye-opening thing: They’re both second string and neither is moving up as long as Furuya and Miyuki are still on the team. But Sawamura, never one to be put down, asks why Chris has given up. Sawamura’s got three more years to grow and win the ace position, and that’s basically the message Chris gives him. “Don’t end up like me,” Chris says to him.
Both Sawamura and Furuya have something to work on, though: their fielding. They both suck. When he’s got to cover first or home, he’s completely lost. And when he’s told this by Takashima, he’s embarrassed. Miyuki walks in on them and Sawamura starts running his mouth about Chris. About how he leaves early and slacks off angering Miyuki. All Sawamura’s been doing is hating him for things he didn’t know about, but Chris has been rehabbing. He hurt his shoulder real bad and was away from the team for a year. Miyuki took his spot then and Chris still isn’t better.
When Sawamura finally sees this, he’s still pissed, but at himself. He’s got such a one-track mind that he didn’t even notice any of this and the line “Don’t end up like me” means so much more because of it. He wasn’t saying lose out to someone. He was saying “Don’t get hurt like me.” An injury can ruin a player’s career and it seemingly ruined Chris’s.