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With Waseda's signature crimson red,
proudly breaking into professional baseball from Waseda!

Mr. Yuya Fukui
Mr. Tatsuya Oishi
Mr. Yuki Saito

"I am proud that I was born and grew up in Waseda," replied Mr. Saito to our question. Mr. Oishi and Mr. Fukui nodded in agreement to his words. It was at the press conference following the selection in the draft held at the Okuma Auditorium on November 4.

When Mr. Saito, followed by Mr. Oishi and Mr. Fukui, appeared at the venue, the sound of camera shutters echoed around the auditorium, and the flashlights created a wall of white. Many readers were sitting down with their eyes half-closed and squinting on the TV. The three pitchers talked about their impressions at the time of the draft conference as well as their ambitions and expectations, and especially impressive were the words, "Only among them were they able to build up their abilities and skills by competing with each other." While Mr. Oishi said, "Without Saito and Fukui, I could not have developed myself this far," Mr. Fukui gave vent to his emotions, saying, "The best thing about entering Waseda was that I could meet Saito and Oishi. It was not a roundabout route that I prepared for university entrance examinations after I left high school." Hearing words from his fellow players, Mr. Saito spoke with feeling, "Because of them, I am different from what I am now."

Three pitchers chatting during the press conference

As the three have encouraged each other as pitchers, they said they will never be able to forget the students' cheering from the stand. "I do my best because there are people who cheer me on," said Mr. Saito. "This feeling has remained the same since the days in Waseda Jitsugyo." Mr. Oishi said, "Not just during Sokeisan (games between Waseda and Keio Universities,) cheers from the stand have always been a great driving power." "Every time I listened to cheers, I was encouraged, really feeling that students in the stand were also my mates," added Mr. Fukui, smiling. "I hope that these fellows to back me up."

Cultivating the arts of war and peace, they will be busy writing graduation theses and preparing for the professional leagues in the short time remaining for student life. To become players to be loved by fans and to be remembered by many people, there are new challenges are unfolding for the three players.

Mr. Saito

Mr. Oishi

Mr. Fukui

When they became champions!

Photos with * are all provided by Waseda Sports Press

(Offered by WASEDA WEEKLY)

Mr. Yuya Fukui

Born in Okayama Prefecture in 1988. Is 178cm tall and weighs 78kg. Senior at Faculty of Sports Sciences. Drafted by the Yomiuri Giants in the fourth round, but decided to enter Waseda University, and prepared for a year after graduation to realize his dream. Drafted by the Hiroshima Toyo Carp in the first round.

Mr. Tatsuya Oishi

Born in Fukuoka Prefecture in 1988. Is 185cm tall and weighs 86kg. Senior at Faculty of Sports Sciences. Drafted by the Saitama Seibu Lions in the first round. His fast ball described as "too fast to see" is 155km/h.

Mr. Yuki Saito

Born in Gunma Prefecture in 1988. Is 176cm tall and weighs 75kg. Graduated from Waseda Jitsugyo High School. Senior at School of Education. Served as the 100th captain of the Waseda Baseball Team. Drafted by the Hokkaido Nipponham Fighters in the first round.