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[2/9/2014] Masahiro Tanaka heads for New York on a chartered flight

by on Feb.09, 2014 @ 7:17 pm, under MLB

The latest on Masahiro Tanaka, from Sunday, February 9, 2014.

Tanaka and his wife boarded a Tohoku Shinkansen bound for Tokyo that left Sendai Station at 2:26pm on Saturday.  Technical problems caused by the snow left them and other passengers stranded on the train for about an hour.  They finally arrived at Tokyo Station about ninety minutes later than expected. ... Tanaka is not sure if he will speak any English during his press conference in New York.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/9/2014

Tanaka and his wife left for New York on a chartered flight.  Before leaving, Tanaka held a brief press conference at the airport. ... It took the couple about eight and a half hours to get to Narita Airport today because of yesterday's snowfall.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/9/2014, Sanspo 2/9/2014, Sponichi 2/9/2014

Tanaka held a mini-press conference at Narita Airport today before his departure.  Sanspo has posted portions of it.

This will be your first time at Yankee Stadium since you visited [the old stadium] when you were in high school.

Not since high school.  We were supposed to watch a game, but the weather was bad and we ended up with just a tour.  I am not really feeling anything special.

How will you approach camp?

It will be different from Japan so I will have to adapt.  The Majors will be a first for me.  I will try to make the necessary adjustments.

Were you able to sleep well last night?

I was able to sleep normally.

Is there one dish you want to eat before you leave Japan?

Not really.  I can eat anything.

Are you feeling excited?

I think once I get to New York.  I have not been there, so I cannot really say.  I think I will get excited once I got and experience all kinds of things.

Source: Sanspo 2/9/2014

[UPDATE 2/10 @ 6:19am]

Sponichi has also posted portions of the press conference.

What kinds of things are you planning to say during your press conference at Yankee Stadium?

Nothing new.  I hear the media in New York can be severe.  I do not want to worry too much about my surroundings and just focus on the things I have to do.

You will become a member of a team with tradition.

I have not stepped inside yet.  I am not sure [how I will feel] until I get there.

Camp starts later than Japan.

I have done what I could with hopes that I can head to camp in good condition.

When will you begin pitching during camp?

I have not really thought about it.  I have always tried to pitch on the first day, but I think it might be good to take things a little slow.

Do you have a message for the Tohoku fans?

I am really grateful to the fans that cheered for me and watched me play since I turned pro seven years ago.  The stage will change, but I hope the fans will continue to cheer for me.

Source: Sponichi 2/9/2014