Thanks to considerable translation assistance from St. Louisan Brad Lefton, a bilingual writer who made friends with Taguchi when he played here, Taguchi responded in Japanese to a list of questions about extradition. Here’s an update on So:
Despite being 14 years old, Taguchi has not lost his fondness for St. Louis.
“I love St. Louis,” said Taguchi. “It’s full of nice and friendly people and it’s a really easy place to live. As for a baseball environment, I’ve been completely fulfilled and learned so much. From the fans to the people who worked at the ballpark, it really was Baseball Heaven. “
Taguchi has World Series championship rings from the 2006 Cardinals and 2008 Philadelphia Phillies, but he said the highlight of his time here was winning the 2006 Series and his big contribution to his kick-off for Wagner.
“Wagner’s homer was without question a highlight, but so was his double in game 6,” he said. Taguchi hit a double with two runs and two outs in the ninth inning of that game, although the Cardinals lost.
“Another highlight,” he said, “was my desire for Fernando Rodney in Game 4 of the World Series, my most nervous moment of all time.”
The Cardinals, who led two games to one in the series, were down 3-2 in the seventh inning of that game before David Eckstein doubled up to start the seventh. Taguchi, a better motley than Chris Duncan, was sent to the pub hit. Taguchi did the bunt, Rodney threw it away, and Eckstein scored the tie. Taguchi came later with the go-ahead for Preston Wilson’s single.