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VenturaSoxFan23
10-28-2005, 11:08 AM
Yesterday's Japan Times (http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getsp.pl5?sb20051028a2.htm)

Sorry if this was posted already.

Had no idea Iguchi is the first Japanese player to be on a winning WS team. (He actually played, unlike Matsui, who sat on the bench when the Yankees won.)

Iwritecode
10-28-2005, 11:15 AM
Yesterday's Japan Times (http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getsp.pl5?sb20051028a2.htm)

Sorry if this was posted already.

Had no idea Iguchi is the first Japanese player to be on a winning WS team. (He actually played, unlike Matsui, who sat on the bench when the Yankees won.)

Matsui won a WS with the Yankees? :?:

Edit: Nope. He came to them in 2003 when the Marlins won it. :wink:

soxfan26
10-28-2005, 11:17 AM
No he hasn't.

Before the latest feat by the 30-year-old Iguchi, Hideki Irabu was a member of the New York Yankees who won the World Series in 1998 and 1999 but did not have an opportunity to play.

Three other Japanese players have reached the World Series but ended up on the losing end -- Tsuyoshi Shinjo with the 2002 San Francisco Giants, Hideki Matsui with the 2003 Yankees and So Taguchi with the 2004 St. Louis Cardinals.

VenturaSoxFan23
10-28-2005, 11:21 AM
Sorry, too much coffee this morning. Matsui was the only player I could think of...and I read the damn article 3 times...ugh.
My apologies.

soxfan26
10-28-2005, 11:22 AM
Sorry, too much coffee this morning. Matsui was the only player I could think of...and I read the damn article 3 times...ugh.
My apologies.

A minor detail. :cool:

VenturaSoxFan23
10-28-2005, 11:25 AM
I just thought Gooch deserves some equal time as well. Ozzie got a Venezuelan thread, why not Tadahito in Japan?

soxfanatlanta
10-28-2005, 11:30 AM
Great article, this guy is a class act. He had some big moments with his bad during the ALDS, and the ALCS, and then when he had a rough go at the plate in the WS, his glove more than componsated.

Can you imagine how much damage the top of the order will do if he improves his hitting numbers next year? Is it spring training yet?

bobowhite
10-28-2005, 12:45 PM
Yesterday's Japan Times (http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getsp.pl5?sb20051028a2.htm)

Sorry if this was posted already.

Had no idea Iguchi is the first Japanese player to be on a winning WS team. (He actually played, unlike Matsui, who sat on the bench when the Yankees won.)

I think you mean Hideki Irabu. He was on the 40 man roster in 98 and 99 when the Yankees did win the WS but was not on their playoff, 25 man roster either year.

soxfan1965
10-28-2005, 02:48 PM
Yesterday's Japan Times (http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getsp.pl5?sb20051028a2.htm)

Sorry if this was posted already.

Had no idea Iguchi is the first Japanese player to be on a winning WS team. (He actually played, unlike Matsui, who sat on the bench when the Yankees won.)

Nice article - thanks. He will only get better with the bat with Walker's help and his grasp of fundamental baseball was a key to this season's success.

ElevenUp
10-28-2005, 03:19 PM
[QUOTE=soxfanatlanta]Great article, this guy is a class act. He had some big moments with his bad during the ALDS, and the ALCS, and then when he had a rough go at the plate in the WS, his glove more than componsated.
QUOTE]

Absolutely. The way he hung in there on the double play ball hit to Crede with a hit and run on was amazing.