After just a few days with his new team in a new country, Chicago Cubs reliever Kyuji Fujikawa says he's adjusting well to his new surroundings -- on and off the field.
"American food is good," Fujikawa said through an interpreter before a bullpen session on Thursday morning. "Very exciting. Every day. Every day is something new."
After a 12-year career in Japan, the 32-year-old Fujikawa is used to a baseball locker room, just not one in the U.S. One thing that isn't different is the attention he's receiving from the Japanese media. There have been at least five reporters following him since he arrived, sometimes it's up to seven or eight.
"It's actually less than compared to Japan," he joked.
Fujikawa re-iterated his signing day stance that the Cubs have promised him nothing in terms of his role. Right now he's ticketed to be the set-up man for Carlos Marmol although he was a closer in Japan.
"Nothing specific about the role, but they mentioned they wanted me to be a veteran in the clubhouse and a big part of the team," he said.
For now, Fujikawa is just learning to fit in. His blond, almost orange, hair has him standing out.
Fujikawa adjusting quickly to Cubs, U.S.
ESPN.com | Feb 14