九州在任中 会社の主催で福岡ドームに二回行った。当時はダイエーHawksだったような気がする。いづれかの試合の時、有名な元帝人の社長の奥さんが 高い所から手を振っていた。若い女の人たちは"イチロー"と叫んでいたから対オリックス戦だったのだろう。
単身赴任者専用のアパートで 飲み会が高宮かその先であったとき、九大出身の人が「若鷹軍団」とHawksの応援歌を歌っていたのを思い出した。
ところで skipper を監督と理解するように記事では 書いているようだが、これで良いのだろうか?

Hawks top interleague for 3rd consecutive year

The Japan News

The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks looked like birds of prey on Sunday at Mazda Stadium, eating up the Hiroshima Carp 7-4 to wrap up the best record in interleague play for the seventh time in club history.

The Hawks are the first team in Nippon Professional Baseball history to finish with the best record in interleague play since regular-season games between the league started in 2005.

“This is a tribute to the players, who went out and battled hard each game,” said Hawks skipper(1) Kimiyasu Kudo in a postgame TV interview.
(1) skipper = 船長 機長 主将 経営者 支配人

“As a team, we had the goal of finishing with a winning record, but they all played hard to come up with this result.”

Kudo had praise for more than just the players.

“Our scouts and coaches did great work to study the opposing pitchers and hitters and prepare us for [Central League] teams, and we threw well and swung the bats well against them.”

SoftBank — second in the Pacific League behind the Tohoku Rakuten Eagles — had the best record in interleague play in 2008 and ’09, but the Orix Buffaloes finished on top in 2010. The Hawks, who also topped the interleague standings in 2011 and ’13.

The Central League-leading Carp failed to join the Yomiuri Giants, who are still the only CL team to prevail in interleague play by topping the standings twice (in 2012 and ’14).

The Hawks took the lead with a run in the first inning, but the Carp pulled even on Brad Eldred’s RBI single in the bottom of the frame.

Takuya Kai singled home in a run in the second inning, and Shuhei Fukuda knocked in a pair of runs with a two-out single to center as the Hawks never trailed en route to the victory.

Ken Okamoto (1-0) picked up the win in relief, throwing two scoreless innings after entering in the third.

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