I came across this video of Kyuji Fujikawa, the 32 year old Japanese relief pitcher the Cubs signed to a 2-year, $9.5M deal this offseason.
He’s been the closer for the Hanshin Tigers the past six seasons amassing 202 career saves including a 1.32 ERA in 2012. It seems likely Fujikawa takes over the closer’s role once Carlos Marmol is traded, which I’m assuming happens before spring training.
Nonetheless, I was intrigued by Fujukawa’s entrance music when he takes the mound in Japan. According to Wiki the song is titled “Every little thing, every precious thing” by Japanese rock group Lindberg. And it’s the music playing in the above video.
I must say it’s not what we’ve come to expect for major league closer music. And it will be interesting to see if Fujikawa wants to keep the tradition alive in the states. Apparently the song has a special meaning for him and his wife.
Regardless of whatever music Fujikawa desires to warm up to, here’s hoping he’s just capable of getting three quick outs and a save.