Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Translation: Seibu Lions players react to being All-Stars and Tetsuto Yamada
The Saitama Seibu Lions had four players selected to the 2016 NPB All Star series by fan vote. As a result, the team uploaded a video with their reaction and thoughts on making the team. They were also asked about reigning Central League MVP, Tetsuto Yamada.
Here is a reaction from Shogo Akiyama, Ginjiro Sumitani and Kazuhisa Makita:
Kazuhisa Makita [voted in as middle reliever/setup pitcher]:
"I'm happy and honored to be selected All-Star team. This is the first time selected as a [long reliever]. Formerly selected as a [closer and starter]. I'll do my best and will recover [from my injury]."
(On Tetsuto Yamada): "I'd like to face Tetsuto Yamada and strike him out. I'll show my submarine pitching and do my best."
Ginjiro Sumitani [voted in as catcher]:
"I'm frankly happy. I don't have a pleasant memory [from] my past All- Star game history, So this year I'll really make an effort to give a good impression to my fans. I would do my best and show a play to a professional."
(On Tetsuto Yamada): "At the moment I'd like to face him as a catcher. We can win an easy victory over him."
Shogo Akiyama [OF]:
"I'm very proud that I was selected an outfielder of Pacific league All- Star team."
(On Tetsuto Yamada): "If we [strike him out], may I sit down in the outfield?"
"Yokohama is my hometown and [I] have a special feeling [about it]. So I'd like to show them my [playing abilities]."
(Shogo Akiyama played high school baseball at Yokohama Sogaku Hall before going to Hachinohe University in Aomori prefecture. He was teammates with Shotaro Tashiro at the University)
Note: All three players are expected to play in Game 2 of the All-Star Series on July 16 in Yokohama.
Special Thanks to our friend "Maple Ash" for providing translation.
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Posted by Christian Gin at 6:46 PM