What is the nature of a hero?
Okay, you probably didn’t come here for an existential lesson in everyone being the hero of their own story, but the 75-year-old Japanese man who literally stole a truck to get home in time for the end of his favorite team’s ballgame has to be the hero of something.
According to Kyoto Prefectural Police, on April 9, Noboru Horiuchi, a 75-year-old resident of the Kyoto city of Miyazu, went out for a walk. However, at about 1:05 p.m., after remembering that there was a baseball game he wanted to watch being broadcast on television, Horiuchi stole a minitruck that was parked in front of the residence of an 82-year-old man whose house was about 500 meters away from Horiuchi’s. Horiuchi then rushed home in the stolen minitruck to watch the game.
Apparently, the keys were right there in the cab, and the man actually told the police he was just trying to make it home in time to watch the end of the game.
Okay, this might not technically be funny, seeing as robbery and some light grand theft auto was involved, but hey, nothing should get between a man and his baseball team, right?
Also, since when do we care about grand theft auto?
— Baseball is Fun (@flippingbats) April 11, 2017
Unfortunately, reports were unclear if he actually wound up watching what was left in the contest, but I like to think his team hit a walk-off home run and it was all worth it.
And lastly, if you’re wondering what this whole event may have looked like as it was happening, TomoNews Japan created a animated simulation … for some reason:
Ah. I can’t help but feel bad for the guy. Baseball can make anyone do crazy things, right Jose Altuve?
When baseball gives you the feelings. pic.twitter.com/EfgfqMpW31
— Baseball is Fun (@flippingbats) April 12, 2017