November 29, 2005 September 7, 2005: In Atlanta, Shingo nearly saved Braden Looper's most frustrating performance as a Met. Looper blew a 2-1 lead for Glavine in the 9th and blew another 3-2 lead in the 10th. Shingo came in with the bases loaded and nobody out and got two pop- ups, but he couldn't quite wriggle off the hook.
I wouldn't mind seeing him back...he's a good change of pace. I like that he wears #10 as a pitcher too.
February 1, 2006 When he first arrived to the ChiSox, it was reported that he was known as "Mister Zero" in Japan because he did not allow runs in Japan Series. Following him since he was a rookie with the Yakult Swallows, I recall no one ever dubbing such a nickname.
Now I read in a paper in Japan, that in the Majors, people started to call Takatsu "Mister Zero". I just wonder who started calling him "Mister Zero", and could not figure it out to this date. As for his brief days with the Mets, zero appeared to be, as in contributions, unfortunately.
April 3, 2006 Takatsu's other frustrating performance came in a game where he was brought in to retire future Mets Carlos Delgado at Florida, and Delgado doubled off a fastball. Willie Randolph said after the game that he brought Takatsu in to use his "funk" meaning that 50 mph pitch Takatsu as known for that looked slow enough that the average fan could hit it.
Have you ever wondered if you could be a big league pitcher just lobbing "meatballs" or "eephuses" up there? Takatsu showed that you could get away with it sometimes.