Again, I managed to miss out on most of the program, but did manage to catch a couple of interesting tidbits.
- The surgery Fukudome had on his right elbow before the start of the season wasn't allowing him to make full extension with his swing. The elbow was fine, but he was afraid to letting go.
- Pitchers started throwing Fukudome pitches tight and inside, then out and away in order to take advantage of poor coverage of the outer portion of the plate.
- Later during the season, Fukudome tried to make a conscious effort to focus in on one spot and to try and stay away from pitches outside. The TV program mentions an August 24th game against the Washington Nationals as a key turning point for him -- Fukudome entered the game as a pinch-hitter and pulled an inside pitch to right for a home run.
NHK tends to show re-runs of their programs so I think I'll have a chance to catch it again.
Tags: Kosuke Fukudome