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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.

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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.

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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.