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Yomiuri Giants News and Notes: December 6, 2010

by on Dec.06, 2010 @ 6:42 pm, under NPB

A Giants Old-Timer's meeting took place on Sunday.  About 100 people attended the gathering, including former players like Sadaharu Oh and Tatsunori Hara attended.

Oh was also presented with a gold kabuto and told reporters that while the Giants did had a decent season overall, they ultimately couldn't get the job done in the end.

"I'd like them to play well and receive praise from others," said Oh.  "Overall, I think they did well, but the end of the season is important. ... The pressure in September increases a lot.  It's all about how confident you are.  In that sense, Chunichi and Lotte were above [the Giants]. ... In competition, other than 1st place, 2nd and 3rd are essentially the same.  The people watching don't care. ... But if you can't win, you just need to regroup and start again."


Hara recorded a New Year's radio program for Radio Nippon with women's soccer players Homare Sawa and Azusa Iwashimizu.  The program will air on January 1st at noon.


Shinnosuke Abe and pro golfer Ayako Uehara rang the starting bell for the Naha Marathon on Sunday. 26,000 runners participated in the marathon.

Abe also checked out Okinawa Cellular Stadium on Saturday.  According to Nikkan Sports, the apartment building just past the right field fence has become popular (and thus raising prices for units in the building) since occupants can watch games for free.  The Giants will spend a portion of the spring camp working out at Cellular Stadium next year.

Abe also plans to run a tight ship during his Guam training program.  His practice days will run from 9am to 7pm and will include fielding and base-running practice.  Abe has even gotten permission to use one of the local stadiums in the evening.


Taishi Ota attended a baseball clinic on Sunday.  Seems he wasn't the only one that learned a thing or two -- Ota told reporters that he felt he was able to learn a few things while coaching the kids during infield practice; head coach Kaoru Okazaki added that coaching kids was good for Ota because it would make him retrace his steps and think about the things that were taught to him.