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Nippon Ham Fighters: February 1, 2012

by on Feb.01, 2012 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB

About 200 fans (down from 1,100 last year) greeted the players that arrived at Naha Airport on Tuesday.

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Hideki Kuriyama emerged from the team hotel at around 8:40am and walked to the stadium.

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Kuriyama will respect past performances but plans to throw away any preconceived notions when determining which players win starting jobs.

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Kuriyama had an 800 gram bag of salt and sprinkled about half of it around the various training locations on Tuesday (ward off evil spirits).

"Doing something like may not do anything but I just want to make sure the Gods know.  I do not mind getting hurt, so long as the players do not.  That is what I asked for," said Kuriyama.

Kuriyama also prepared close to 300 doage (tossing someone up into the air during victory celebrations) silhouette t-shirts for the players, coaches, and team personnel.

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Sho Nakata hit the gym after Tuesday's general team meeting and spent about 40 minutes working out.

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Batting practice:

Wednesday

7th round draft pick Takumi Oshima took 71 swings and hit one over the fence.

Bullpen sessions:

Wednesday

Yuki Saito threw 31 pitches (fastballs) to a squatting catcher.  Kuriyama and team owner Hiroji Okoso observed the session.