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Rakuten Eagles’ press conference for Kazuo Matsui

by on Nov.29, 2010 @ 4:31 pm, under NPB

11/30/2010 12:44am JST

About 30 fans showed up to catch a glimpse of Matsui on Sunday.

And Sanspo has posted the comments from Matsui:

What will your role be with the Eagles?

Running, hitting, fielding.  I'm who I am because I can do those three things.  So I need to do those three things.  I'd like to try and lead by example, like working hard during practice.

Your thoughts on the team?

They have a lot of young pitchers and they have some good position players.  I consider myself young so I'd like to work hard and mix things up with them.

Your thoughts on your uniform number being 32?

I was thinking about selecting the number 3, but I wanted to start over from scratch so I selected the number 32.

Your experiences in the US?

I've experienced the World Series and the minor leagues, so I was able to take in a lot.  I think my body remembers a lot of what I learned.

Your thoughts on Iwamura also being on the team.

I got a call about working out together.  I'm looking forward to it.  Together with Iwamura, I'd like to push things forward with our speed.

Your goals?

First, I want to be fully prepared for camp.  And I want to help this team win, help this team win a championship.

11/29/2010 4:31pm JST

The Rakuten Eagles held their press conference for Kazuo Matsui earlier today.  He was also presented with the number 32, and not the number 3 as was previously rumored.

Said Matsui about the number, "I want to start over from the beginning.  It's where I got my start with Seibu.  I did want the number 3, but that's what I'm feeling."

And the latest on his contract: 2-year deal worth 150M yen per year.