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Yuki Saito News and Notes: January 31, 2011

by on Jan.31, 2011 @ 10:47 am, under NPB

This post will be updated with information as it becomes available so keep checking back if you have any interest in Yuki Saito.


Sanspo is carrying comments from Saito that were taken after yesterday's practice:

Rookie training camp is now over...

I got off to a good start and managed to have a good finish.

What were you focusing on during your training?

It's my first year in the pros so I just wanted to get used to the environment and the flow of things.

About 47,000 fans came to Kamagaya during [rookie training camp]...

I'm really grateful that so many people came, including on weekdays.  Pro yakyu is made possible with the support of the fans.  I want to make sure I don't forget that.

[Spring] camp is next...

We're now at the stage where we're preparing to start the season.  I want to make sure I have good practices because there will also be practice games.

With spring camp coming, what are you current thoughts?

I have a lot of worries.  Everything I do this year will be a first.  And I'd like to learn as much as I can from the veterans.


Saito arrived in Okinawa today (as did the coaches and other players).  About 1,200 fans (about 5 times the usual number) showed up at Naha Airport.  And another 100 or so far, plus about 20 TV cameras, waited for Saito and the Fighters outside the team hotel.