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Yusei Kikuchi Interviews

by on Oct.30, 2009 @ 1:50 am, under High School, NPB

Here's an interview with Yusei Kikuchi at his press conference after being selected by the Seibu Lions:

What are you feeling right now?

I feel as if I can finally get into the starting gate.

Your thoughts when Hisanobu Watanabe (Lions' manager) drew the winning card?

I feel some of the responsibility.   And that I means I need to practice harder and work on trying out new things.

Your thoughts on the Saitama Seibu Lions?

They have a lot of good pitchers.  I'd like to become one of them.  So many teams selected me that I want to try and learn as much as possible [with this opportunity].  They won the Nippon Series last year and they have pitchers like Wakui and Kishi.  They also had Matsuzaka too.  I just get the feeling that they have a lot of good pitchers.

Who would you like to pitch again?

I don't think I'm good enough for that yet.  So more than rival pitchers and hitters, I want to work more on my skills and abilities.

What do you feel confident about?  What are you weaknesses?

Right now, all I can really do is throw straight.  I'd like to learn how to throw more off-speed pitches and work on my control more.  I want to work on improving my skills across the board.  I just don't think I can win right now, so I'll start working on that this winter.

What kind of pitcher would you like to become?

I don't know if I'll be able to put up the numbers, but I'd like to become the type of pitcher others will want to emulate.

There was a contest between the US and Japan for you...

I thought a lot about what I wanted to do.  In the end, I think I caused a lot of people to worry about me, like my school teachers, my teammates, and a whole bunch of other peopler.  So more than what I'm thinking or feeling, I just feel really sorry for what I did.

One more time, what kind of pitcher would you like to become?

I of course, would like to win, but more important, I want to become a pitcher that everyone loves, kind of like the face of Japanese baseball, and be supported and recognized by everyone in Japan.


Sponichi is carrying a slightly shorter version:

Your new team has been decided...

It still hasn't really sunk in, but I just want to go in an pitch.

Your thoughts on Seibu?

They were Nippon Series Champions last year, and they have a bunch of great pitchers, including Wakui and Kishi.  I've heard that Watanabe was also a great pitcher as well so I'd like to pick his breain.

On players you want to face...

I'm not at that level yet.  I just want to improve my abilities.  Right now, all I can do is throw straight so I want to work on changing speeds and my control.  I want to improve all my skills.

What kind of pitcher would you like to become?

More than the results, I want to be a pitcher people want to emulate. I want to become the face of the [NPB].

Six teams fought over you...

I feel flattered that so many teams selected you?

Your Koshien rivals were also selected...

Imamura, Imamiya, and I are all rivals and I hope that makes us work harder.

One comment on “Yusei Kikuchi Interviews

  1. Omar


    This certainly makes up for the lousy day I had at work today.

    Future looks bright for the Lions.

    I was hoping that he would come to the States with the Yankees signing him but this is the next best thing.

    Lions 2010!

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