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Yuki Saito Spring Camp News and Notes: February 7, 2011

by on Feb.07, 2011 @ 12:03 pm, 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.

===== 2/8 @ 12:26am

Saito continues to sell extremely well.  The team shop at Nago Stadium no longer has any of his t-shirts (3,000 yen), mobile phone straps (600 yen), or autographed baseballs (840 yen) in stock.  A new batch of items has already been ordered, but as of now, no word on when they'll become available.

===== 2/7 @ 2:20pm

Saito tossed his third bullpen session of spring camp today.

Saito first threw 33 pitches in the bullpen (he took the mound opening between Yu Darvish and Masaru Takeda) at about 50-60%, before leaving the bullpen to play long toss (at a distance of about 90 meters) with pitching coach Masato Yoshii.  Saito then returned to the bullpen and tossed an additional 16 pitches.

Said Saito, "I didn't throw hard and I threw the ball while making sure I was properly balanced.  It was a good experience throwing in between two Ichi-gun pitchers."


From twitpic - two of the Saito snow sculptures found at this year's Sapporo Snow Festival: here and here.


Saito's comments on Yuya Fukui's (HIR, 1st round) injury report:

I saw [the news]!  I'm pretty sure it's nothing serious.  He's the kind that does things on his own pace.  More than the news about me, I'm a lot more interested in the news on Fukui and Oishi (SEI, 1st round).  I'm also keeping in touch with them.

===== 2/7 @ 12:03pm

Saito's comment regarding the run-in he had with fans:

That was a first for me.  Pretty scary.  I'd be lying if I said I didn't feel my life was in danger.

As mention yesterday, fans sort of rush Saito yesterday, knocking down the cordons that were set up in order to keep fans at a distance from players.  After the incident, the Fighters increased security in the area from 2 security guards to 6.


The Fighters drew 3,000 fans yesterday.  That's a big increase over the 200 fans they drew during their "first Sunday" last year.

A total 53,006 fans dropped by Okinawa spring camps on Sunday, up from last year's 47,060.