Yakult Swallows closer Kazuto Taguchi (28) apologized to the fans after expressing his thoughts about the bench clearing caused by a ball that hit his body.
On the 22nd, J-Cast News, a Japanese media, reported, “Yakult finisher Taguchi apologized for his remarks on Instagram Live on the 21st.”
The beginning of the incident was the bench clearing that occurred in the game between Yakult and Yokohama on the 20th. In this game, dissatisfaction exploded in Yokohama as key players were hit by the ball one after another in the second half of the game. In the 6th inning, Shugo Maki went on base with a hit ball, and in the 7th, Keita Sano was hit by a ball, followed by Toshiro Miyazaki getting a ball hit in the side. Miyazaki expressed his dissatisfaction with Yakult, and Sekine Taiki also came out to protest against the pitcher. Yakult third baseman Murakami Munetaka stopped Sekine, but eventually all players came out to the ground and the bench cleared.
The bench clearing itself did not lead to a big fight and was quickly organized, but the aftermath is strong after the game. Although Taguchi did not appear in the game that day, he tweeted, “It is impossible to hit on purpose. He didn’t want to hit anyone, but he just hit the batter after playing the match. It is clear that the pitchers are also sorry. Because it is a game world, both the batter and the pitcher are sincere,” he said. “It is natural that various opinions come out. I know what the fans think. You can say anything. However, we are fighting under a pressure that is tens of times greater than the fans think. I just want you to know this.”
Regarding this,토토사이트 the person who typed it pointed out that it was not something to say, and Taguchi deleted the post on Twitter. Afterward, on Instagram Live, “I don’t think we are standing on the same ground, and we are not living in the same level of the world. I’m sorry, but I look down on people like that.”
When the remarks on Instagram Live became a bigger controversy, Taguchi said, “I’m sorry for offending fans with my words. While talking about his thoughts on anti-fans, the same meaning was conveyed to the fans who usually support him. He became emotional and spoke out forcefully. I’m really sorry and I want to retract his comments.”