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Bobby Valentine’s Farewell Game

by on Oct.07, 2009 @ 2:05 am, under Game Summaries, NPB

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  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Rakuten Eagles 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 0
Chiba Lotte Marines 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 X 5 10 0

Chiba Marine | Attendance: 29,392 | Time: 3h 23m | Eagles lead series, 12-11-0

Rakuten Eagles

Pos Players AB R H RBI BA HR
(2B) Takasu, Yosuke 4 0 0 0 .291 1
(SS) Watanabe, Naoto 3 0 0 0 .277 1
(RF) Nakashima, Toshiya 2 0 0 0 .298 1
PH-RH Nakamura, Masato 1 0 0 0 .269 3
(DH) Yamasaki, Takeshi 2 1 1 0 .254 39
(3B) Kusano, Daisuke 3 1 1 0 .306 6
(LF) Linden, Todd 3 0 1 0 .292 12
(1B) Miyade, Ryuji 3 0 1 0 .302 3
PH Kawaguchi, Kenshi 1 0 0 0 .308 3
(CF) Hijirisawa, Ryo 4 0 2 2 .204 0
(C) Nakatani, Jin 2 0 0 0 .187 3
PH Seguignol, Fernando 1 0 0 0 .252 14
Totals 29 2 6 2 .268 107
Players 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Takasu, Yosuke F8 …… 4-3 …… F8 …… Ks ……  
Watanabe, Naoto Ks …… F8 …… FO3 …… …… HBP  
Nakashima, Toshiya Ks …… BB/CS …… …… F8 …… ……  
Nakamura, Masato …… …… …… …… …… …… …… 1-4  
Yamasaki, Takeshi …… 1B-7 …… Ks …… BB …… BB  
Kusano, Daisuke …… HBP …… 1B-9 …… F8 …… U6-3 DP  
Linden, Todd …… BB …… K …… FO2 …… …… 1B-9
Miyade, Ryuji) …… Ks …… 1B-7 …… …… Ks ……  
Kawaguchi, Kenshi …… …… …… …… …… …… …… …… F8
Hijirisawa, Ryo …… 1B-3 …… K …… …… 1B-8/SB …… F7
Nakatani, Jin …… 6-3 …… …… Ks …… SH3 ……  
Seguignol, Fernando …… …… …… …… …… …… …… …… F9

Chiba Lotte Marines

Pos Players AB R H RBI AVG HR
(SS) Nishioka, Tsuyoshi 4 0 0 0 .262 14
(2B) Hori, Koichi 2 0 1 1 .259 4
PR-2B Heiuchi, Hisao 0 0 0 0 .312 4
PH Takehara, Naotaka 1 0 0 0 .228 5
2B Hayasaka, Keisuke 0 0 0 0 .222 1
(1B) Fukuura, Kazuya 4 0 0 0 .276 6
(RF) Ohmura, Saburo 4 1 2 1 .314 22
(LF) Ohmatsu, Shoitsu 4 1 2 0 .269 19
(2B) Imae, Toshiaki 4 1 1 1 .249 9
(DH) Hashimoto, Tasuku 1 1 1 0 .237 2
(C) Satozaki, Tomoya 4 0 2 2 .236 10
(CF) Hayakawa, Daisuke 3 1 1 0 .223 1
Totals 31 5 10 5 .257 135
Players 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Nishioka, Tsuyoshi L3 …… 4-3 …… F9 …… 4-3 ……  
Hori, Koichi 2-3 …… 1B-8 …… …… …… …… ……  
Heiuchi, Hisao …… …… …… …… BB …… …… ……  
Takehara, Naotaka …… …… …… …… …… …… Ks ……  
Hayasaka, Keisuke                  
Fukuura, Kazuya F7 …… 4-3 …… 4-6 …… …… F8  
Ohmura, Saburo …… HR 5-3 …… …… 1B-8 …… Ks  
Ohmatsu, Shoitsu …… F9 …… F8 …… F8 …… 2B-9  
Imae, Toshiaki …… 6-4-3 DP …… F8 …… Ks …… 2B-9  
Hashimoto, Tasuku …… BB …… 1B-9, 9-6 …… BB …… IBB  
Satozaki, Tomoya …… Ks …… …… 1B-8 K …… 3B-9  
Hayakawa, Daisuke …… …… 2B-9 …… SH1 …… Ks F8  

Eagles: 7 LOB, 1 DP
Marines: 7 LOB, 1 DP

News
The Marines outhit the Eagles, 10-6. ... Komiyama managed to pick up his last save of his career.  At 44 years and 21 days old, he also became the oldest player to record a save; the previous record-holder was Masahiro Yamamoto at 41 years and 2 months. ... Bobby spent some time with the fans handing out message cards prior to the start of the game.

Rakuten Eagles

Name G W L S IP NP BF AB H HR K BB HBP SHF WP BK R ER ERA
Iwakuma, Hisashi 24 13 6 0 6 102 26 22 7 1 3 3 0 1 1 0 2 2 3.249
Satake, Kenta H 32 1 1 0 1 1/3 22 4 4 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.116
Fukumori, Kazuo L 33 7 1 9 2/3 18 6 5 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 3 2.320

Chiba Lotte Marines

Name G W L S IP NP BF AB H HR K BB HBP SHF WP BK R ER ERA
Naruse, Yoshihisa 23 11 5 0 7 137 28 23 5 0 9 3 1 1 0 0 2 2 3.280
Watanabe, Shunsuke H 24 3 13 0 1/3 10 3 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.072
Ogino, Tadahiro W 53 3 3 9 2/3 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.649
Sikorski, Brian 55 8 5 15 2/3 12 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.193
Komiyama, Satoru S 12 1 0 1 1/3 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9.87

*the box score extended box score info (play results) may not be 100% correct.  If anyone notices any inaccuracies,  feel free to let me know.

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Valentine and Komiyama making the rounds (Sanspo)

Valentine and Komiyama making the rounds (Sanspo)

The Chiba Lotte Marines won the game against the Rakuten Eagles and then held farewell ceremonies for both Komiyama and Bobby Valentine.

It all started with the players lining up in the middle of the field with their back's toward home plate, looking out at the big screen in center.

Komiyama's ceremony was first as video footage from his retirement conference kicked off his highlight video.  After the video played out, Satoru Komiyama stepped up to the mic to give his speech.

Shortly thereafter, it was Valentine's turn.

"I have a  lot of memories here.  Lots of great moments, moments that I was able to share with the players.  And then to have those moments enjoyed by the fans.  This was really a great experience for me."

Valentine did his speech in Japanese, thanking the team and the fans for their support.  What follows is his speech:

ファンの皆さん、こんばんは、このスピーチは僕の最後のスピーチです。だから日本語で話したいのです…。まずは、小野代行と重光さんの家族、本当にどうもありがとうございました。小野代行が僕にこのチャンスをくれました。6年間コーチ、スタッフのみなさん、本当にあるがとうございました。

To the fans, good evening, this will be my last speech. That is why I want to speak to you in Japanese...  First, I want to thank Mr. Ono and the Shigemitsu Family. Mr. Ono was the one that gave me a chance. I also want to thank the coaches and staff for 6 wonderful years.

選手たちは、素晴らしいファインプレイをしてくれました。本当にありがとう。今年のシーズンは、たくさんの問題がありました。でも僕にとって素晴らしいメモリーでした。ナイスメモリーをくれた皆さん、本当にありがとうございました。

The players, they some really nice plays. Thank you. There were a lot of problems this season. But this season will be etched in my mind as one of my best. Thank you all for the wonderful, I really appreciate it.

来年からは、千葉ロッテマリーズのファンです。今から詩をよみます。

From next year, I'm a Chiba Lotte Marines fan. I will now read a poem.

永遠に僕の頬は千葉の風を感じています
ロッテの応援歌が僕の耳の中にあります
ファンのみなさんの愛が僕の心の中にあります
永遠に僕は千葉ロッテマリーンズを忘れません

My cheek will forever feel the Chiba breeze
The sounds of the Lotte cheer songs will ring in my ears
Your passion will live on inside of me
I will never forget the Chiba Lotte Marines

愛しています。
みなさん、本当にありがとうございます

I love you all.
Thank you once again from the bottom of my heart!

He then went down along the line of players on the field and shook hands with each and every one of them.  When that was done, the team presented Bobby with a board crammed with messages from the fans.

The flower presentation was next.  I couldn't pick up who presented the first set of flowers, but it was apparently from the organization.  The second set of flowers came from player rep, Naoyuki Shimizu.  And the third set from the head coach (and the team's next manager), Norifumi Nishimura.

The end of the ceremony then began as Bobby started his walk around the field.  When he got to right field, he stopped and stood there with Komiyama, and Benny Agabayani by sides.  They took turns bowing and waving to the ever faithful group of  fans out in right.

All in all, it was quite a touching ceremony.

(Incidentally, they showed the Lambin dive into second base during the season highlights at the end of the TV broadcast.)

Source for the speech: ありがとう!ボビー・バレンタイン監督 小宮山投手

Note: for those that saw the game, the English is my translation of the speech and not a transcription of what was ready by Bobby's translator (?).  I'm also not sure if the transrcibed speech in Japanese is 100% accurate, but based on what I remember of the speech, it sounds about right.

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5 comments on “Bobby Valentine’s Farewell Game

  1. Blacklabel

    Lambin (and Burnham Jr.) were actually at the game, they were out in the ouendan early in the game walking around and greeting fans. They seem like nice dudes so I wish they had been able to contribute more than they did. They also did the vistory lap at the end with Bobby, Benny, Komiyama and Coach Ramppen. Fans did the Lambin and Burnham songs a couple of times and also Lambin did his little dance.

    Really sad ceremony for me, for some reason those type of things get to me when people retire or have to go away. I much prefer the beginning of seasons than the end, just makes me wonder why bad things seem to last forever but good things end waaaaay too soon. (Yeah, I know I gotta get my morning coffee then I will be in a less depressed state of mind)

  2. Deanna

    Gen — I was at the game and actually recorded the entire postgame ceremony, but by the time I got home at almost 1am I was a bit too tired to transcribe it — I’m going to try to do that sometime today. (Nakasone’s “translation” was definitely a little different than that.)

    The first flowers were from a guy wearing #107 IIRC, but I forget who that is, will have to listen again. Satoru Komiyama’s children also gave flowers to Bobby during Komiyama’s speech.

    I saw Chase and Gary in the stands too but it was too rainy and miserable for me to go say anything to them. It was hilarious in the 4th inning when Ohmatsu was leading off but the ouendan were playing Let’s Go Chase Lambin — nobody could figure out why until the cameras put Chase on the big screen :)

  3. Gen Post author

    The TV broadcast showed Burnham in the stands and mentioned Chase being in the stands as well. I thought that was pretty cool.

    @Deanna: Let me know when you get the speech up. Curious to know if the Japanese version I found was actually correct.

    1. Gen Post author

      But of course. I checked there earlier but couldn’t find anything (guess it was too soon). Thanks for the heads up!

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