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  • Shinjo throws out a 90 mph ceremonial first pitch!

    Posted by simon c on 2008 May 19日 Monday

    Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 3 – 4 Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters

    18 May 2008 Fukuoka Yahoo! Dome

    Former Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighter Tsuyoshi Shinjo showed off his strong arm in an off the charts ceremonial first “pitch”. In this event to promote Tokyo’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics, the 36 year old Shinjo made his first appearance on a baseball field since his retirement in 2006. He pitched a no holds barred ceremonial “at bat” against his former understudy, and Fighters leadoff man, Hichori Morimoto. After going to a 2-2 count, Shinjo got Morimoto to ground out to the shortstop. Of the 4 pitches that were measured by a speed gun, the first pitch clocked in at 145 km/h (90 mph). “I thought I threw a little harder” remarked Shinjo playfully, as the crowd was wowed. Wearing the full uniform of his hometown Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, and in an incredible show of fan service, he threw in the actual gold glove that he won for his 2006 Golden Glove award into the crowd after completing this big task. He was exhilarated, saying “moriagattabai!” (“that got the crowd going!”) in the local Hakata dialect.

    (Shinjo’s done it again! He never ceases to surprise fans and casual observers alike, even well into his retirement. I’m not sure if a former player has ever donned the full uniform of a team he had never played for, including cleats, and threw an entire at bat as a ceremonial “first pitch”. Probably a world first by the man who loves to surprise.) Here’s the video:

    Original article (Japanese):

    【日本ハム】新庄氏が仰天145キロ始球式

     

    <ソフトバンク3-4日本ハム>◇18日◇福岡ヤフードーム

     元日本ハムの新庄剛志氏(36)が規格外の始球式で、剛球を披露した。16年の東京での五輪開催を目指す招致委員会のイベントで、06年限りでの現役引退後、初めてグラウンドに登場。師弟関係にあった日本ハム森本とガチンコでの1打席限定勝負をし、カウント2-2からの5球目の直球で遊ゴロに仕留めた。スピードガン表示された4球のうち、初球は145キロをマーク。「もうちょっと出たと思った」と色気を見せたが、球場をどよめかせた。郷土の福岡のソフトバンクのユニホーム姿で、大役を終えた後には、引退した06年に受賞したゴールデングラブ賞の賞品の本物の金色のグローブをスタンドに投げ入れる大サービス。「盛り上がったばい!」と博多弁ではしゃいでいた。

     [2008年5月18日22時8分]

     

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