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NPB: Lions looking to Korea for a closer?; Some Brazell quotes

by on Jun.06, 2009 @ 4:54 am, under NPB


...Post game comments from Craig Brazell:

Your feelings right now?
I don't know if I have the words to express what I'm feeling right now. I just can't believe it. The fans have been really great.

On hitting your first home run...
I just wanted to stay on the offensive. I'm really happy... My first hit was a home run and it pushed 2 runs across the plate. I'm just really excited right now.

On everyone expecting him to hit home runs...
I was able to hit a home run and make every one happy. But most of all, the fact that I was able to contribute to a win is really great. Getting on base is also my job too.

What about the warm welcome from fans?
When I hit that home run, the cheering from the fans was amazing. I'm happy that I was able to return to Japan and play for the Tigers.

Anything you'd like to say to the fans?
I'm going to do my best for the Tigers and I hope that I'll be able to meet everyone's expectations.

...The Tigers raised 1.5M yen between 2/5 and 4/2 when they held a charity auction to raise money for the Red Cross in Japan. They auctioned off 51 pieces of baseball memorabilia, including game-used uniforms and autographed baseballs.


...Katsuya Nomura wasn't very happy about playing in the rain last night.

Said Nomura, "The rain affects the opponent as well, but there's something wrong when we have to play in weather like this. The fans must have had a hard time too. Yokohama canceled their game early. That's what should have happened here."

Nomura also said, "I'm glad no one got hurt, but what if a pitcher can't grip the ball well and let's one loose on someone's head? What do the rulebooks say in that kind of event?"


...The Lions appear to be searching for a replacement to take over the closer role that was left open when Alex Graman went down with an injury. So far, they've take a look at some minor league players in the States and will now begin checking out some players in the Korean leagues.


...It appears as though the Swallows may have potentially angered Katsuya Nomura for not including him in any events celebrating the Swallows' 40th year.

On Friday night (6/5), the Swallows wore throw-back uniforms commemorating their Kokutetsu days and had, of all people, an FW Tokyo soccer player throw out the first pitch. They have also invited Tsutomo Wakamatsu and Masaichi Kaneda to throw out ceremonial first pitches and meet-and-greet events with fans.

With the Eagles in town, you'd think the Swallows would do something include Nomura in their 40th anniversary celebrations.