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(March 8th)

We lost the game in Hiroshima today, but many good things happened, including Karakawa pitching 5 strong innings. He did give up 3 runs, but they were just very unlucky situations, including a broken bat that he had to dodge. He could not cover first in time with a couple of men on and they both scored on a ball that only traveled about 70 feet in the air. His fastball and changeup were very good and his slider was good for few innings. Then he left a few of them up in the strike zone and they got hit. Ohmatsu got a big bases-loaded single to drive in two runs against a left hander, which was a very good sign. It was good to see him doing that. Most players seem to be holding up well. At this time in the spring, they usually start to feel a little fatigue.

I also saw Setoyama-san and Ishikawa-san today. They both looked really good. This new group of three, along with Yoneda-san, seems to be working together pretty well. There haven't been any real problems and I’m really happy to see that everything seems to be falling into place. Also as the fans were so good to us at all these road games. I appreciate everyone coming out, and so does the team! I just want to continue to remind you that I appreciate your signs and your chants for me, but it is the players that are most important for us to have a successful season. Please continue to support them and back them and make them feel comfortable every time they are on the field.

We have an off-day tomorrow, and then we have our first Open-sen game at Chiba Marine stadium. I hope you enjoy the pictures of Hiroshima. It’s the last time we're playing at that old Hiroshima stadium. Next time we get there, we'll be playing in their brand-new stadium. Marty Brown, the manager of the Carp, says it's fantastic and that they did a remarkable job. I can't wait to see it! I took some pictures of coach Jeff Livesey, Marty Brown, Frank Ramppen, and myself, along with some shots of the historical dome that was left as reminder of peace. Hopefully we'll have peace in the world and also have peace in our team. I hope you enjoy the photos.


Marty Brown and me



Marty Brown, me and Jeff Livesey


Frank Ramppen, Marty Brown, me and Jeff Livesey


























Bobby
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