Via What Japan Thinks:
Last weekend goo Research, in conjunction with Yomiuri Weekly, released the results of a survey into what people thought the coming year may bring. For a week spanning the end of November and the start of December 11,648 members of goo’s online monitor group successfully completed a private internet-based questionnaire.
Here’s the part of the survey that caught my eye:
Considering how the Yankees need Igawa to do well this year, this is not great news – even if you have modest expectations on Igawa. Those responding to this survey have probably seen him pitch more than most fans here.
One thing that I did notice seeing some clips of Igawa the other day – he’s got a funky way of finishing off his delivery. It’s almost as if he’s just about ready to finish his delivery, the way you would expect a pitcher would, and then he stops and sort of freezes like he just saw Medusa – leaving his left foot hanging in the air for a second or two – before landing to field his position. If that’s his normal delivery, I have no idea if it will help him or hurt him in the United States. It could distract the hitter and/or put him in a position to get smacked with a batted ball. Hopefully it will be more of the former than the latter.