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Lee Dae-ho visited the Fukuoka PayPay Dome, the home stadium of his former team Softbank Hawks, for the first time in eight years. The Softbank team invited Lee Dae-ho as the first pitcher at the ceremony to commemorate the 85th anniversary of the foundation and the 35th anniversary of the opening of the PayPay Dome. On the 28th at the PayPay Dome, Lee Dae-ho greeted the fans after a long time and threw the first pitch.
Former teammates who enjoyed the glory of the combined championship together in 2014 and 2015 appeared at the Dae-ho Lee Ceremonial pitch. “One Club Man” Yanagita Yuki plays Shita and Nakamura Akira plays Shippo.
Lee Dae-ho met Nakamura and Yanagita in turn before throwing the first pitch. In particular, when he saw Nakamura, he praised him saying, “He is the hardest player on the team. He practiced his swing the most before the game. Even when he gets older, he has no choice but to do well.”
When the reporters asked how he felt about reuniting with his old colleagues, Lee Dae-ho said, “Yanagita, Kai (Takuya), and Nakamura were all at the youngest level, but now they are the main players and have become superstars. “I thought,” he said with a smile.
Lee Dae-ho visited the PayPay Dome on the 27th, the day before the club event, and greeted the Softbank team. Could Lee Dae-ho’s energy be delivered? Softbank won a valuable victory with Yanakita hitting the end of the game in the 12th inning.
Lee Dae-ho said, “(Yanagita) talked for a while while warming up. I’ll be watching from the stands, so I told him to do well, but he hit 3 hits and even hit the final hit. It felt so good.” I didn’t go to the game because of this, but when I was active, I ate and talked a lot with Yanagita and Imamiya. I think Yanagita’s performance was better because I had many memories.”
Following this, Lee Dae-ho expressed his gratitude to his old mentor, former director Koji Akiyama, whom he met by chance. He said, “I was surprised that the manager was here. I greeted him and he welcomed me. When I first came to Softbank, my grades were not good, but he continued to trust me and let me play as a starter. I was more than happy to meet you because I was grateful.”