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Igawa: “It was pretty hard for me”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 25, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Freddy Garcia was long gone by the time Kei Igawa pitched his one inning at the Yankees minor league complex on Thursday. After five days in Japan, Igawa returned this week to get back to baseball.

I“It was pretty disastrous,” he said. “The roads were a mess and when I was home, the water wasn’t running. It was pretty hard for me… I feel relieved that my parents and family were okay. The town is a mess, though, and right now the radiation is a big problem. That worries me a lot.”

Igawa’s hometown of Oarai is on the coast and was hit hard. Not as hard as some of the more northern cities and towns, but hard enough that he has several friends with flooded homes, and the drive from the airport to his home took twice as long as usual.

When the earthquake hit, Igawa got a frantic call from his wife, who is living in Japan.

“She was in a panic,” Igawa said. “That worried me the most.”

When the tsunami hit, Igawa suddenly couldn’t reach anyone. He finally got in touch via email, but he didn’t speak to his wife or parents again until he actually got to Japan.

“To see my wife was a huge relief,” he said. “The house was okay, but the inside was a little shaken and things were broken… I wanted to stay home a little longer, because my family and friends are going through a hard time. But I also had to resume baseball, because that’s my job.”




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