Wishful Thinking (2010 Version)

It’s the first day of spring camp, and the birds have flown south to Okinawa to open a couple weeks of “no pain, no gain” training sessions.

After last year’s very lucky appearance in the postseason, the first ever for the Swallows I might add, all of the usual suspects are back for another go at it. Yup, D’Antona, Lim, and Guiel re-signed, and Aoki hasn’t been posted yet, so another half-decent season could be in the making if everyone can stay healthy.

Wait. Scratch that. We did lose Igarashi to the New York Mets, so not everyone will be back.

Anyway, I figured that it’s about time to conjure up and collect some of the wishful thinking that may be lurking out there as spring camp gets underway.

But first, let’s take a look at my wishful thinking points from last year. Apparently I asked for a bit too much. The only wish that was granted to my full satisfaction was number two: Aikawa hits better than .220 (he hit .247 in 2009). Otherwise, I was at least partially stymied on my other four wishes.

Oh well.

Here’s what I’m crossing my fingers for this year:

1. The Swallows finish the year with a record above .500

2. Barnette wins 10 games

3. Yoshinori stops using Oil of Olay on his hands every night before going to bed

4. Lim makes fewer than 50 appearances (regular season)

5. We start the 2011 campaign with a manager who isn’t old enough to collect pension benefits

Your turn.

About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo's more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it's a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini

  • Christopher Pellegrini

    Oh, and Takada is still around of course.

  • Bryan

    1. Swallows to go back to
    a dark blue away shirt

    2. Beat giants more times then they beat us

    3. Drums to be allowed at Jingu

    4. Miyamoto to never ever age

    5. Takada to go a long long way away from Jingu

  • Bryan

    Sorry

    2. Should say:-

    Beat Giants more times than they beat us

    • Christopher Pellegrini

      No worries, Bryan. We knew what you meant.

  • Garrett DeOrio

    My top two are the same as lat year, but here goes:

    1. Yakult sells the team to an owner who’s interested.
    2. Takada resigns or is fired.
    3. Takada is replaced by a manager capable of empirical observation and devoid of petty middle school games of favoritism.
    4. The front office gets serious about promoting the team, including better availability of merchandise, more widespread televising of games, and a better web presence.
    5. Stable pitching resting on the shoulders of more than three guys.

    And a very personal #6. That the Beer Oji’s position is taken over by a worthy successor.

    • David Watkins

      Get you with your flash new face-photo thingie!

      • Garrett DeOrio

        That’s my Marcus Lovitt portrait from over at Japan Eats. Too many gravatars!

  • flick

    There was news last month, that they are strongly considering Daisuke Araki to be the manager in the 2011 season, after Takada-kantoku’s contract expires.
    http://www.sponichi.co.jp/baseball/flash/KFullFlash20100106028.html
    Maybe it might happen earlier, even though I have no idea how that will pan out….

    BTW, the new site looks awesome. I am really looking forward to reading this site everyday once the season starts.

    My wish is that Iihara and Takeuchi breaks through to the next level this year (too bad they both are at the ni-gun camp though).
    I also long for the navy uniforms to make a come back.

    • flick

      The new look is awesome, and I am looking forward to visiting this site everyday, once the season starts!

    • David Watkins

      Wow @ the Araki news. I would be fully behind that move, and the sooner the better!

  • James

    Wishful thinking:

    1) We win away at Tokyo Dome (when I am there)

    2) We win away at Marines period.

    3) D’Antona, Guiel and Aoki share 85 homers

    4) Finish 2nd (or better?!), meaning playoffs at Jingu this year…

    5) Furuta returns to pinch hit the winning run in the playoff finals, which bounces off Bryan’s hard hat before I catch it.

    • James

      6) They stop running out of “Roko Moko Don” before the 6th innings…