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A “Yusei Festival?” Kikuchi Updates from 10/31/2009

by on Oct.31, 2009 @ 2:54 pm, under NPB

...The Lions are working on a custom training menu for Yusei Kikuchi.

Said Hisanobu Watanabe, "I'd like our training coach to personally hand Kikuchi a training menu when we hold our press conference.  We want to give him a chance to get his training started if he has the desire."

...Kikuchi started his practice sessions back up again on Friday.

The Lions could begin negotiations with Kikuchi as early as November 6th.

...Hideaki Wakui has said that he'd be more than happy to help Kikuchi if he has any questions.  The Lions also appear to be aiming for a press conference for some time in early December.

...Kikuchi could become the new face of Hanamaki City.

If there is enough interest, the city could move towards holding various events (like baseball clinics during the off-season) in his name / honor.  And depending on how his first year goes, the city might even hold a "Yusei Festival."

A sports shop in Hanamaki City is also thinking about selling Seibu merchandise.

Incidentally, Kikuchi was not born in Hanamaki City but rather Morioka City.