I was amazed when I saw the “explosive shoulder” at the seat knock last fall.
Fukuoka University’s Wright, who moved forward vigorously, shook his arm powerfully and stabbed a low-orbit laser beam toward the catcher. I’ve seen a variety of outfielders all over the country, but I haven’t seen any outfielders as strong as him since then. Without a doubt, he is one of the top-class students in the student baseball world.
The player’s name is Keisuke Nakata. At that time, I was a third year student at Fukuoka University. Looking at my high school, it says “Fukuoka University Ohori”. That means that it is the grade that participated in Spring Senbatsu with a lot of talents such as Ginji Miura (Hosei Univ.), Yuto Koga (Chuo Univ.), Reio Higashi (Rikkyo Univ.). However, I didn’t remember the outfielder Nakata at all.
I was surprised when I read back the high school baseball magazine at that time. Nakata was a reserve infielder with a uniform number of 13. Moreover, the item of distance for long-distance casting is “85 meters”. It is a very ordinary number as a high school baseball player.
“Did you write 85 meters … but I think it was actually about 80 meters.”
Nakata confesses so now, four years later. I heard that when I was in high school, my main position was second or first base because I had a weak shoulder. In addition, Nakata told a surprising fact.
“From the end of high school baseball to entering college, I reviewed the training and throwing methods and practiced thoroughly and repeatedly. By the time I entered college, I was able to throw about 120 meters by long throw. Was
I can’t catch up with Nakata’s crazy words. It didn’t look like he was lying because he seemed to be honest.
Nakata continued like this without changing his flat expression.
“Your feet and shoulders are said to be talented. I don’t have the talent or the sense, but I want to prove that I can become a professional with effort.”
Unraveling Nakata’s baseball life reveals that he has always made efforts to pave the way. That is also an extraordinary effort. Let me introduce a small part of it.