Yomiuri Giants pitcher Miyaguni gives Valentine’s chocolates to female fans

Yomiuri Giants pitcher Miyaguni gives Valentine’s chocolates to female fans

On February 14, at Okinawa Cellular Stadium in Naha, Yomiuri Giants pitchers Miyaguni (left) and Koyama had a commemorative photo taken with female fans.


February 15, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 14, at Okinawa Cellular Stadium in Naha, the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants, which commenced its second training camp, held a special Valentine’s Day event in the stadium. Two young pitchers, Ryosuke Miyaguni, who is from Okinawa, and Yuki Koyama, gave Valentine’s Day chocolates to female fans who came to support the team.

The Yomiuri Giants held the event two hours earlier than scheduled to fit it in with the training schedule. One hundred female fans, including school children, who were chosen by lottery, waited eagerly for Miyaguni and Koyama to appear.
Eighteen year-old Ayaka Uechi, who said that she is a fan of Miyaguni, came all the way from Miyako-jima for the training camp. She wore a Yomiuri Giants replica jersey bearing Miyaguni’s number. Uechi was thrilled when she was given some chocolate with a card autographed by Miyaguni, and said, “This chocolate is too valuable to eat.”

Miyaguni smiled bashfully as he interacted with the fans. After the event, he gave a glimpse of his shy side, saying, “I was a little nervous because I did not expect so many people to come see us.”

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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