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Softbank Hawks: Uchikawa, Hasegawa to get new uniforms numbers

by on Nov.28, 2011 @ 5:22 pm, under NPB

The Softbank Hawks announced today that Seiichi Uchikawa and Yuya Hasegawa will receive new uniform numbers for the 2012 season.

Uchikawa from 24 to 1

It makes me a little sad to move away from the number 24, the first number I got when I started playing youth baseball and the number I wore during the WBC.  But I also want to be number 1 when it comes to hitting and I want to take on even more responsibilities next season so I decided to accept the number.  I feel pressure with this number because players like [Koji] Akiyama and [Hiroshi] Shibahara have worn it in the past.  I would like to make sure I do not become an embarrassment to the number.

Hasegawa from 30 to 24

I have a connection to the number 24 because I used wear it when I was in college.  Ever since I joined the team, I made it my goal to become the kind of player that could wear the number 24.  I finally got my wish with [Seiichi] Uchikawa's uniform number change, but I am sure Hawks' fans will still see him when they think of the number.  I will do my best to change that as soon as possible.