The baseball game of Rocky Sasaki (21. Chiba Lotte), the “164 km monster”, is changing.
It is said that his attitude toward baseball has changed after attending the Adult International Championship (WBC) for the first time in his life.
One year after the perfect game. What kind of changes are there in Sasaki’s baseball?
The Asahi Shimbun reported on the 11th, “Chiba Lotte Marines Sasaki Rocky, who won the World Baseball Classic (WBC) last March after three tournaments, said he had a change of heart after joining the team and heading to the mound.”메이저사이트
The Asahi Shimbun said, “It should be said that they are enjoying the game properly. Whether it’s my play during a match or a team play through the game, there is fun in baseball in that respect.”
A year ago, on April 10 of last year, he became the youngest ever to complete a complete game without sending out a single runner.
However, the Asahi Shimbun explained that he once expressed that he was having a hard time on the professional mound, which requires results even while showing off pitching that overwhelms those around him.
Changes are being detected in Sasaki’s baseball. It is said that Sasaki, who was not the type to be thrilled with a hard hitter, took off a layer of her skin and became a new pitcher.
Sasaki started against Nippon Ham held at Jojo Marine Stadium on the 6th and became the winning pitcher with 6 innings, 11 strikeouts and no runs.
The Asahi Shimbun explained, “What was impressive was the gestures and facial expressions during play.”
When Sasaki got a three-out with a strikeout, he pointed at catcher Matsukawa or made a touch with flashy action, and when first baseman Yamaguchi’s ground ball handling play was decided, Sasaki made a bright expression that gave rise to wrinkles of laughter.
The Asahi Shimbun reported that when asked, “Did you enjoy the match after the game?”, Sasaki nodded his head and replied.
“I think I was able to control myself properly and throw even while being chased by one point.”
Sasaki entered the professional world in high school with a speed of 163 km, his high school student’s top speed.
The first year is devoted to bodybuilding. In the second year, 3 wins in 11 games, and in the third year, last season, 9 wins in 20 games, increasing pitching opportunities and honing pitching skills in real battles.
And the Asahi Shimbun’s analysis was that his heart grew even bigger as he went through the world stage this season, the fourth year.
Sasaki said, “Of course there is a lot of anxiety. It seems that only thoughts have changed. He believes that as long as he stays sane, the results will remain. Process is important. I believe that if you prepare hard, the results will follow,” he explained the changed view of baseball. Now I can truly enjoy baseball.
The Asahi Shimbun said, “It is a prerequisite to prepare everything you can and work on it. After that, I really enjoy the game and the game. The experience of throwing at the world’s highest peak (WBC) told me that.”