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(March 8th)

We're in Hiroshima today after tying a game against the Hanshin Tigers yesterday. Kobayashi Hiroyuki pitched that game extremely well for 5 innings, giving up only 2 hits. His control of his fastball was a little less than it will be when the season begins, but he used all his pitches and showed a lot of poise on the mound. A very good outing for him.

We misplayed a couple of balls in the outfield, but all and all, the veterans Komiyama and Takagi pitched well, as well as Nemoto, Katsuki, and Matsumoto, with Ogino pitching the last inning. He's coming along well. Gary Burnham got a couple more hits, and so did Hayakawa Daisuke, who is playing the game well. Iguchi drove in a couple of big runs in the first inning. He's having a very good spring for us.

It was also the day I got to see Kubo-toshu in a different uniform wearing number 34 for the Hanshin Tigers. I got to meet with him before the game. He seems excited about being in his home area and he expressed regret for not being with us for a championship this year, a repeat time that he was looking forward to. I was also surprised and distressed to find out that he had heard about this trade prior to the time we traded him. He felt that he had lost some of his spirit while pitching for us last year and this spring, and that's regretful.

We wish him the best! And hopefully Hashimoto, the pitcher we got in return, who hasn't pitched yet this season and has had a sore ankle, will come along. He’s a very big, tall relief pitcher with a good fastball and changeup. He tells me he throws a cutter. I’m looking forward to seeing him in a uniform at Chiba Marine stadium on the 10th, and also looking forward to getting home!

Our fans have been great on the road! Today is the last game before we get to our home base in Makuhari for the first time this season. The players have been great. Their spirits are terrific and fans have been even better! We have received such great support everywhere we've been. It’s great to see fans there. I'm a little embarrassed by so much of the "Bobby" chanting. I hope the chanting can turn to our players and give them the power that they need. Obviously, I'm getting plenty of power from everything I hear and see from the best fans in the world!



Bobby
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