Daily Sports has posted Shintaro Fujinami's post-game interview with the media after his first pro victory today.
Interviewer: Your thoughts after your first victory.
Fujinami: I am happy. And I am happy that I was able to record my first victory at Koshien.
Interviewer: What does the game ball feel like?
Fujinami: I am very happy. This is a very important ball.
Interviewer: You recorded your first victory at Koshien, where you won consecutive Spring and Summer tournaments.
Fujinami: I enjoy pitching here and I had the fans pulling for me. I did not have my best stuff, but I managed.
Interviewer: You executed a successful squeeze bunt.
Fujinami: I am just glad that the ball rolled to a good spot.
Interviewer: Fellow Osaka Toin grad [Tsuyoshi] Nisihioka is standing next to you.
Fujinami: He is a dependable guy. I am grateful for his help.
Interviewer: Nishioka, what did you think of Fujinami's performance?
Nishioka: Yesterday, Osaka Toin grads let a game get away and I feel bad for that. I am glad that I was able to pair up with another Osaka Toin grad and do better today.
Interviewer: How did he look from second?
Nishioka: He looked big. It is a first step in what I think will be a long career. He will be a reliable pitcher. He will leave his mark.
Interviewer: What kind of person is he?
Nishioka: He is very serious. Osaka Toin grads can be a little wild... He is smart and is more of an adult than me.
Interviewer: Is there anything he can learn from you?
Nishioka: What you see is what you get. I think it best he not look to me as an example. Shintaro's first step in baseball. I just want to congratulate him.
Interviewer: 45,000 fans were in the stands.
Fujinami: I heard their cheering and they provided me with strength. I will continue to work hard so please watch after me.
Interviewer: Nishioka, how do you grade Fujinami's performance?
Nishioka: Can it be graded. It should be 100%, since he won. But he copied my word (laugh). We never even spoke about it beforehand. What a surprise.
Interviewer: How do you grade his interview?
Nishioka: I guess about a twenty (laugh). This is really a great day for Shintaro. I will leave you with him. Thank you.
Interviewer: Nishioka left the interview stage. Speaking for the team, please tell us your thoughts about the upcoming Yomiuri series that begins on the 16th.
Fujinami: They are at the top and they are the Giants. I will do my best to help the team win as a whole over the course of the year, one game at a time.
Interviewer: Lastly, what is your goal for the season?
Fujinami: I have not set any specific numbers. I just want to do my best to help the team win, each time they give me the ball, one game at a time.
Source: Daily Sports 4/14/2013