Hirokazu Sawamura Already Learned Simple Lesson From Alex Cora

Cora doesn't want Sawamura apologizing

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Alex Cora has a simple thing he wants Hirokazu Sawamura to do.

Stop apologizing.

Sawamura, at 32-years-old, is about to pitch in his first Major League season after spending the entirety of his career playing in his native Japan. A right-handed reliever with a fastball that lives in the mid- to upper-90s, he figures to be an important part of the Boston Red Sox bullpen.

But in a bumpy Grapefruit League appearance, Cora came out to pull Sawamura, who for now he is calling “Kaz” and not “Hiro”. As the reliever gave his manager the ball, he apologized.

That allowed for as teaching point from Cora.

“(Alex Cora) came out to the mound to take me out of the game, and I just let out a ‘sorry’ as I handed him the ball because I didn’t pitch well,” Sawamura told Koji Uehara in an interview translated by Baseball Cosmopolitan “And he was like, ‘Hmm? You don’t need to apologize, it’s not your responsibility. And then after the inning was over, he came over to me on the bench again, and he told me you shouldn’t apologize or think negative things about yourself. He said this isn’t the place for it.”

Sawamura and Uehara, who helped convince the former to sign with the Red Sox, went on to discuss about how saying sorry holds different meaning in Japan than it does the United States.

It’ll take time for Sawamura to pick up all the customs of baseball in North America, but he’s got plenty of time to learn all the ins and outs.

Thumbnail photo via Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

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