TOKYO The two first met in 2003. After being released in the offseason by the Giants, Tsuyoshi Shinjo re-joined the Mets where Mike Piazza held court as the team star and leader. In 2001, when Shinjo first came to the Majors, Mike is the guy who took care of the Shinjo, K. K. said. Mike and the Shinjo had a special connection. Shinjo then helped Katsunori Kojima better known as K. K. to get a job with the team as a translator https://www.italybaseballjerseys.com/dominic-miroglio-italy-jersey/. Watch the World Baseball Classic live on FOX, FS1, FS2 and FOX DeportesAfter the season ended though, K. K. and Piazza didnt speak again until Wednesday night some 20 years later, when Piazza spoke before the Japanese media as the Team Italy manager. But this time, for the first 20 minutes, K. K. simply spoke into a small earpiece that Piazza wore. That because K. K was in charge of the translation bridging the gap between Japanese and English for everyone in the room. That was so funny because I was in the simultaneous interpretation production booth, K. K. said. I had tried to catch up with him during the BP but there was always people around so I didnt have an opportunity. So, I listened to what Mike said for about 20 minutes while I interpreted his words into Japanese or into English whenever the Japanese media asked something. I was talking through the microphone to Mike, but it wasnt my conversation. After the press conference was over, K. K. was able to meet Piazza in the bullpen and present him with a gift: A brand new espresso machine, with plenty of pods for the team to stay caffeinated all game long. I think people enjoy it because it came organically. We didnt really think about it, Piazza said https://www.italybaseballjerseys.com/andre-pallante-italy-jersey/. This is what we do. We are Italians, and living in Italy, it just part of the culture. That one of the things we decided when we are coming: Who has got the espresso machine?While the one in the dugout is the same one from Taiwan one wouldnt risk upsetting the careful balance of luck by swapping it out there now another one for the skipper to bring home. Grab a beverage and join us for the WorldBaseballClassic quarterfinals!