Koji Uehara’s remarkable baseball journey, from Japan to the Red … – Chicago Tribune

A translator isn’t needed to understand Koji Uehara‘s humility.

Just look at his clubhouse locker. A symbol of it hangs there before every game: his No. 19 jersey.

At 19, Uehara found himself out of baseball and out of school, working as a security guard and studying. His goal of becoming a high school physical education teacher, much less a major-league pitcher, might have seemed distant.

But here Uehara is in his 19th season of professional baseball, one season away from reaching his latest goal of matching his 10-year Japanese career with one of the same duration stateside.

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