AWESOME article. I love anything that will snipe the hell out of overblown Yankees hyperbole.
As for the season being boring, well...when your team is in a pennant "race" within your division that does not involve a battle of wins but is instead a race of "who will suck more?", you tend to become a bit disinterested yes.
Michigan against the SEC: 20-5-1 (7-3 in bowl games)
Why is it in Japan? Money. MLB gets deeper into the Japanese and Asian markets, thus having more merchandise sold. Also, they'll get bigger crowds for the 2 games in the Tokyo Dome than they would at Tropicana Field.