Left fielder Kazu Tanaka is already one of the fan favorites at Sovereign Bank Stadium. The little guy has been navagating through the Atlantic League without the help of a translator. He speaks broken English, but has improved since his first hours in York.
Walking off the field after York’s victory Saturday, Tanaka acknowledged several fans by waving his bat when they called out his name.
Although York has little home-field advantage at this point — the Revs arrived in York from a game in Bridgewater, N.J., about seven hours before their first practice at the park — Tanaka is learning how to play SB Stadium’s wall.
He already has an idea how to play the monster, explaining how when the ball hits the 38-foot monster high up, the ball usually drops to the warning track. Low screaming line drives go bouncing back toward the infield.
“Little by little,” Tanaka said. “I’m adjusting.”
He showed off his fielding skills Sunday when he played a ball off the monster and relayed a throw to the cut-off man. York gunned down a Newark base runner at home.
Another interesting note about Sunday’s game: The Revs failed to sell out, or draw more than 3,500 fans. That’s a bad sign for the third home game in franchise history. But then again, it was a holiday. And the stadium is not yet finished.
It could be a bad sign, or just a blip in the schedule. Stay tuned.