I think the batter was too good for Ishii. It was the eighth inning and the batter came up with a big home run. If I knew he was going to do that, I wouldn't have (put Ishii into the game).
We really respect the fact that they fought their heart out and tried to show their best game ever. We lost both games (to Japan), but those were very close games, and I believe either team could have won either game.
I believe this team is probably the strongest team Japan ever had against Cuba. We can show a great performance against Cuba on Monday. Win or lose we'll play with a lot of heart and a lot of pride.
We respect that they fought their heart out to show the best game ever.
The efforts you make will surely be rewarded. If not, then you are simply not ready to call them efforts.
The opponents and I are really one. My strength and skills only half of the equation. The other half is theirs. An opponent is someone whose strength joined to yours creates a certain result.
I was really surprised that the American team lost to the Mexican team, because we thought somehow the Americans would be the world's best. And because of that notion, when we lost the second game in the second round, we never thought that we would be able to be playing in the next round here.
I thought I would never, never get a chance to manage a team like this.
Our games were very close games. I believe either team could have won either game. We would like to show our best performance this time.
To be honest, I haven't felt this thrilled in a long time.
We didn't score when we had chances to which hurt. We will want to take revenge next time.
I was disappointed but it's up to him to decide. It was not a surprise that he refused since he had been hesitating for such a long time.
We heard that TV ratings for our games surpassed 30 percent and 40 percent in Japan and we also got warm fan support in the United States. I feel very happy that we responded to such enthusiastic support with this title.
Tomorrow if we can win, we'll be happy. What happened (on Sunday), happened. It's in the past now and it's time to move on.
We have a saying in Japan - third time comes truth.
I thought, at first, our players were a little bit nervous. But we take pride in being the best in Asia, so we loosened up after the fourth inning and were able to score a big victory.
There was a wrong impression of Ichiro that he is sort of selfish. But as people can see, he really committed himself to this team, and he put so much time into this.
We fought each game as best as we could, and as a result we've been able to bring you good news.
We have to win all three games. So I will make sure they stay focused on (Sunday's) game.
We have a saying in Japanese that 'the third time will reveal the truth' and since we've lost twice to South Korea and both were games that we lost by one run and gave up two runs in the eighth inning, we would love the opportunity to meet them again and win.
I expected much and they lived up to my expectations. But I believe they can perform much better.
I had confidence I could use him. I didn't have any doubt.
He hadn't been in top condition lately, but he was really swinging very good in practice. I had confidence I could use him any time. I didn't have any doubt.
Wada didn't really have a lot of control tonight. But that doesn't change my overall trust in him.
It will be a very tough competition. The level of play will be very high and there will be teams that want to beat us, so we knew we had to go with a strong team.