The Yomiuri Giants held a press conference at a hotel in Tokyo earlier today to officially introduce Toshiya Sugiuchi (31) as their newest addition. He was also given the number 18 (as expected).
UPDATE 12/24 @ 1:40am - Sanspo is carrying the following comments taken during Sugiuchi's press conference:
What are you thoughts right now?
It is an honor for a chance to pitch for the Yomiuri Giants, a team of tradition.
Your thoughts on [Tatsunori] Hara?
I watched Yomiuri games since I was a kid and I can still remember Hara kantoku batting fourth.
How will you approach your first year?
I do not think any one can feel as passionately about baseball as I do. I want to put all that on the line and play my heart out.
Your thoughts on a possible opening day start.
I want to do my best so that I do not get beaten out by the ace, [Tetsuya] Utsumi.
Your thoughts on leaving the Pacific League for the Central League.
Pitchers do not hit in the PL. The CL is more traditional where [pitchers] bat and run. I will approach the season as I remember my high school playing day.
Will you being making any changes?
My mission is to do here what I did for the Hawks. I do not having any specific plans to change anything. I have confidence.