Originally posted by pedro
couldn't find them. but did find this about last year.
Even before he took the lead in the Central League home run race, the Japanese media noticed something unusual about Petagine, and they dubbed it "Love Power." It seems -- according to Nikkan Sports and other Japanese sports papers -- that Petagine hits best when his wife is sitting behind the Swallows' dugout. Whatever the reason, Petagine led the CL with 44 home runs and 116 base on balls while also batting .325 with 112 RBIs. At the beginning of the season, Petagine took his time to learn the pitchers and get adjusted to their style. As the season continued, his batting average continued to rise at the same pace as his home runs. Petagine also stole 10 bases in 11 attempts, and he only missed one game of the season, to attend a diplomatic function in his honor.
That is interesting. I bet he never had anything even remotely resembling a "diplomatic function in his honor" while in Cincy -- not even consideration for a bobble-head night.
I just think that the Reds really missed it with him -- he was not playing on teams where there was any reason whatsoever to overlook him. He rang up stats that were incredible and has still done that in japan over a long period of time.