Sanspo is carrying comments from Hiroyuki Kobayashi:
What are you feeling, now that the contract has officially been signed?
I feel great. I'm ready to do my best this year for the Tigers.
What is your current condition?
What kind of season do you want to have?
I don't want to overdo things, I want to get on a nice rhythm, and do things as usual. I want to make it so that I can give it my absolute best to help the team win.
The kanji 宏 was added [to your last name]...
It has always been like that. And that's the way it shows up on bulletin boards. I'd feel a little strange if it changed now. And this way it'll be easier for the fans as well.
Have you contacted Kyuji [Fujikawa]?
I e-mail him sometimes. I forget about what.
Which Central League batter do you not enjoy facing?
I don't really have one. Even if I did, I wouldn't say. But there are a lot of good hitters.
Which [Hanshin] player do you already have a connection with?
[Takahiro] Arai. I've spoken to him at the player association meetings.
The Central League tends to play small ball...
I don't think there's as much as a difference as some people say. [In the end,] it's all baseball. Teams in the Pacific League also play small ball.
Team owner Shinya Sakai and team president Nobuo Minami had a chance to meet with Kobayashi for about 20 minutes after yesterday's press conference.