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Eri Yoshida heads to the US

by on May.07, 2010 @ 5:49 pm, under Other

5/8/2010 11:49am JST

...The Chico Outlaws held their press conference for Yoshida on the 7th.  About 40 people were on hand.

As for her accommodations while playing in the US, it seems she will staying with a homestay family.

5/7/2010 8:26pm JST

Yoshida will be arriving arriving in San Francisco on the 7th at 9:05am.  The Outlaws will then hold a press conference introducing Yoshida at 5pm.  Outlaws' Spring training camp begins on the 8th (or at least it does for her).

Sanspo also has an interview with Yoshida.  I have translated it below:

Your thoughts on going to the US.

I feel like I'm finally getting to go.  I know baseball isn't an easy profession.  I just want to make sure I have no regrets.  This isn't something anyone can get to experience, so I'm really looking forward to this new world I'll be exposed to.

Any anxiety?

I can't speak English.  Only simple greetings.  Listening is really difficult for me.  [Daisuke] Miura (Yokohama Bay Stars) told me how important communication is, so I want to learn how to speak.

What about diet?

I should be ok because of my prior stay.  One thing, I remember not seeing any Japanese tea over there.  Catechin is good for the body so I'll be bringing some tea bags with me.

How's your knuckleball?

It's been 2 months since Tim Wakefield gave me some help and I think I have better movement and control over the pitch than before.  The knuckleball is who I am.  So I want to continue relying on it and use it to get batters out.

The official team site mentions that you'll be making a start on the 25th.  Your thoughts?

I don't know anything about that.  My goal right now is not to get cut at Spring training camp and to make it to the regular roster.

5:49pm JST

Eri Yoshida is on her way to the US.  She left from Narita airport today and will join the Chico Outlaws on the 8th.  The Outlaws' season begins on the 19th.

Said Yoshida, "My goal is to get batter's out with my knuckleball.  And to play throughout the whole season. ... I'm throwing the knuckleball better than before.  It's the pitch I most want to throw right now."