It was pretty good. I think the start was a little off, with Naoto saying swinging the bat was an art form, then going on to say how anyone could do it if they wanted to with a little effort. That's a contradiction - art is by definition something most people can never attain, no matter how they work at it.
After that, it settles down and goes pretty well. A little slow perhaps for some folk, but not bad. I like the mood the writing creates.