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Daisuke Matsuzaka’s message to Yusei Kikuchi

by on Oct.30, 2009 @ 9:29 am, under NPB

Daisuke Matsuzaka's message to Yusei Kikuchi:

I can only tell Kikuchi what I've learned through my experiences, but after the National Athletic Tournament I didn't take a single day off.  I'd like Kikuchi to work every day until the start of the season so that he can stay in Ichi-gun.  He might push himself too hard and people around him might tell him to take it easy, it'll still be important to build up his conditioning so that he can get through camp.  I'm sure everyone's expectations are really high and I'm sure he'll feel the pressure.  But the important thing is to have fun playing baseball.  He needs to avoid getting hurt and keep his own pace going and pitch with his own conviction.

The Lions have a lot of young starters with experience like Wakui and Kishi, and they also have Nishiguchi.  I think he has a lot of people he can ask advice for.  I think it'll be easier for me to advise him since he's a Lions' player.  As long as I have time, I'll be more than happy to answer any questions he might have.  I'll be pulling for him from the US.