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Tsuyoshi Nishioka’s Speech from Saturday: Transcribed and Translated

by on Sep.28, 2009 @ 4:29 pm, under NPB

I have transcribed Tsuyoshi Nishioka's speech from the other day as best I could.  Here it is:

そうですね、あの、僕自身もそうなんですけど、やっぱあの、選手は一生懸命プレイしようとしているし。
僕自身ロッテに入って、ファンの応援をみてこのチームをすごい好きになりました。
でもライトスタンド本当に批判があったりいろんな横断幕がでたり。
非常に僕らもそういう情況にさしてしまったって言う僕ら選手も責任があると思うし。
今日もね野球少年もいっぱい観にきていると思います。
選手一人一人のプレイをみて・・・夢を描く選手も子供たちみていると思うし。
そしてスタンドの歓声を聞いて大人になってこういうとこでプレイしようと思って頑張っている子供達も見ていると思います。
その子達の夢を崩さないでください。
僕自身もこういう成績でこういう物事言える立場ではないですけど、一人の人間として間違ってるものあると思うので、
もう一度選手一人一人も考え直してこのチームをもう一回強くしたいと思うし、
その為にはやっぱりファンの皆さんの応援もすごい必要になると思うんで、
本当にロッテ愛しているんであれば明日から応援団幕下げてほしいんでまた応援の方よろしくお願いします。

What follows now, is my translation of it:

Well, including myself, the players have really worked hard this year.

When I joined Lotte I fell in love with this team because of the cheering fans.

But the right stand has been pretty critical and has hoisted up a number of different kinds of banners.

I feel we [the players] are responsible for putting the team into such a situation [that would merit that kind of behavior].

Today I think a lot of little leaguers are in the stands watching the game.

They watch each of us play.  I'm sure there are even players that these kids want to emulate.

And these kids will grow up hearing sounds from the stands and grow to adults to one day play on these fields.

Please don't take away their dreams.

My performance this year has not been good, so maybe I don't have a right to say this, but as one human being to another, I think there are times we make mistakes and as a player, each of us has to re-think things through to help make this team strong once again.

And for that to happen, the cheering fans are going to be important.

If you really love Lotte, I please ask that you take down the banners for tomorrow's game and also look forward to hearing your support again.

There are two things I think one needs to take into consideration here:

- The kids in the stands really are the innocent ones.  Some of them may know about how horribly the front office treated one of their greatest managers of all time, but I'm guessing most are just out at the ballpark enjoying the game.  Why drag them into it?  What's the purpose?

- I don't know if Nishioka speaks for ALL Lotte players, but remember, perspectives are different.  The Ouendan in the right field stands may not have hoisted all those banners in attempt to also put down the players, but they aren't the players so they can't dictate how the players are supposed to feel when they see the banners.

Most of these players are also stuck playing for the Marines.  Imagine if you went into work one day and there were a bunch of people protesting your company, BUT YOU WERE REQUIRED TO WORK THERE.  What would you do?  Honestly?  If your only choice was to either quit the job you were doing (for good, no going to another company) or continuing to work, which would you choose?  And despite how bad company policy is, don't you think it would get old after a while to see people protesting with negative signs every day?  And then what if your kids see those signs?  How might they react to what your working there?

I'm certainly not trying to take sides here.  And I'm definitely NOT trying to make the front office look good.  If you go back and read all my posts about Bobby Valentine, you'll see I'm quite anti-front office when it comes to the Marines.

I'm also not trying to pass judgment on the Ouendan.  I hate when people do that to me, so I'm not about to try and do it to someone else.

What I guess I'm trying to do is maybe explain why Nishioka said what he did.  I guess there's no reason for me to defend him.  I'm not really a fan of his.  I also don't know what kind of history the fans have with Nishioka, so I don't know if there's some sort of underlying point I'm missing, but based only on what I know, the last 2 days at Chiba Marine Stadium...

Is this really how fans want to remember Valentine's last few games at Chiba Marine Stadium?

There's only one more home game left on the schedule.  Hopefully that game focuses more on celebrating what Valentine accomplished with the Marines and not on what the front office has or hasn't done.

After all, it's Bobby V's last official home game.

2 comments on “Tsuyoshi Nishioka’s Speech from Saturday: Transcribed and Translated

  1. Blacklabel

    Not in any way trying to portray myself as an expert, I just like talking about baseball and I happened to be there and see the reaction when it was said as well as the next day reaction. That was surreal, have never seen anything like that. Booing and the cold shoulder one minute then loud cheering by the same people right after.

    I think the fans went out of their way to show him that they (a) didnt appreciate what he said and then (b) showed that they still support him as a Marines player anyway.

    Wow, that looks really different when you actually read it on the page. I tell you what, it sure didnt go over that way when he said it though. I guess there is something to be said for timing and for not striking a raw nerve. At the present time, if you aren’t for the banners and the message they are trying to convey then you are against it, and by default you are for the ownership and against the fans and the manager.

    Yeah thats a stretch, but that seems to be how it is right now. Yes, you are totally right, in reality what can the players do? That is why I was saying to even speak about it was kind of unnecessary because its a no win situation. If they say they agree with the fans, then they will be in the doghouse with team management for next year. If they agree with the management in any way or even appear to, then you get what Nishioka got.

    But you are right, I guess it is not any of our place to try to guess his intent, you can only take the words for what they are. Once he was against the banners simply by not being FOR them, then I think the real message was lost. That has to be what it is, because on the paper nothing really wrong with that message. Once he was perceived as anti-fan early in the speech, then later when he said “please put away the banners tomorrow” maybe translated to “I dont want to see any banners tomorrow or else” in people’s minds. I know thats how I took it, it didnt come off as a request but as an order and that pissed people off even more. The funny thing was, when he first came to bat the next day there were no banners. Then after the first pitch they pulled them all out and were kinda like “screw you, you cant tell US what to do…”, that was kinda funny.

    Anyway, for the last game I think it is time to put it all to the side and celebrate with Bobby like you said. Next season is the time to boycott the games or change to another team if you dont like what the Marines are becoming. For myself, I still have players who I know and I like on Marines, and I will continue to support them individually.

    Thanks for the translation of the actual words to put it all into context and hope I am not annoying you, just really like to talk baseball.

    1. Gen Post author

      Annoying? Goodness no. This is what I live for… To talk baseball. And I appreciate you posting your thoughts. It certainly helps to flesh out all the things that have gone on. As someone who was never really a hard-core Marines fan, there’s a lot I don’t know so it helps when people like yourself speak up.

      So I very much appreciate your replies.

      Thank you.

      Incidentally, I obviously don’t have all the answers either. My view on this is really as a more of a bystander than anything else.

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