|Seibu Lions rookies partake in exercises for rookie camp at Seibu II|
When the rookies move in, its usually common to find out what items they took with them. Nakatsuka in particular brought a cup that said to "beware of metabolic syndrome" or don't get overweight. Imai and Suzuki had a Daruma with them.
As a special, the Lions uploaded a video showing some of the exercises and each rookie spoke about some early experiences. Here is what they said in a statement:
P Tatsuya Imai (今井 達也)
"Until now, I have spent most of the time practicing by myself, but I started working [with others], which was encouraging. Since [Shohei] Suzuki and I are the [high school graduates of the six rookies], I would like to [work hard enough to earn] my position."
P Ichiro Tamura (田村 伊知郎)
"There [was] a lot more crowd coming to see us practicing, which was [a] first experience and made me realize I have become a professional player."
IF Sosuke Genda (源田 壮亮)
Note: Ichi-gun training camp is located in Miyazaki prefecture while the ni-gun camp, which carries half of the team, is in Kochi prefecture.
P Katsunori Hirai (平井 克典)
"My priority is to focus on building my strength without rushing so I can join the Ichi-gun."
P Shunta Nakatsuka (中塚 駿太)
"I felt really excited to play with the famous players I have seen on TV. I realized that I have become a professional when I was having a meal with [Takumi] Kuriyama-san."
OF Shohei Suzuki (鈴木 将平)
"I was impressed when I shook hands with other players and found that their hands were thick and tight through hard work. I want to learn from them as much as possible to be a player who is seen in the same way from next year's rookies."
Special thanks to @shiba_scope for translation help.
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