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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Why doing interviews in English is part of Yu Darvish’s comeback plan

Speaking in a second language is much tougher than understanding what’s being said.

“I want to speak better English,” Darvish told ESPN.com later. “I understand what you guys are asking, but when I get nervous—like now—my English gets stuck a little.”

Darvish’s decision to speak English during interviews this season is part of a bigger “reset” to his career after a year to forget in 2018. He simply doesn’t need an interpreter, and so this season there will be no extra layer between him and the media—and, by extension, the fans.

“Dealing with reporters and the public in English takes away a level of protection,” Cubs president Theo Epstein said. “It’s an attempt to make a more genuine connection and is very much in keeping with how open, genuine and eager Yu has been with everyone this spring training. I think not using an interpreter is a brave thing to do. I’m not sure I’d be able to do it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 26, 2019 at 10:43 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Zonk Will Be Reinstated in August Posted: February 26, 2019 at 11:22 AM (#5818288)
He can speak Esperanto, Klingon, or just stay completely mute if he throws 180 IP of ~3-3.50 FIP baseball... Hell - if he disappears Tyler Chatwood - he can Esperanto or Klingon solely with profanities.
   2. Javy Joan Baez (chris h.) Posted: February 26, 2019 at 02:48 PM (#5818423)
I for one would love it if a baseball star only spoke Klingon.

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