Media Analysis: The Wall of Language

Major League Baseball interest me the best since and before I came to the U.S. Baseball is the most famous sports in my native country, Japan, and some Japanese baseball players are playing an active part in MLB. After the long regular season, a post season and World Series offfer more exciting games. In 2009, two teams fought in the World Series, New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies. Yankees won and got the title of  World Chanpion after the severe games, and one Japanese baseball player got the title of the Most Valuable Player: Hideki Matsui.

Photo Courtesy Sports Illustrated

Most newspapers and magazine treated with the process of the series, and I personally expected those media to pick Hideki Matsui up because he hit the homerun at the most important phase of the games. But next day he hit the game-winning homerun, The New York Times picked up Mark Teixeira, who hit the game-tying homer. Although I do not keep the newspaper now, this was impressive incidents.

Even worse, the media did never focus on Hideki Matsui even after he got the MVP of the series. In Sports Illustrated, which was published at November 9, 2009 right after the series, the most picked up players with photos in the magazine were Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and C.C. Sabathia. Although I admit that these players were great and played important roles in each game, I’d have to say that the magazine should have literary picked up the most valuable player.

The name of Hideki Matsui appeared in the magazine a couple of times, but it looked like a supporting actor. In my perspective, this is partly becasue American journalists could not interview him for the reason that Hideki Matsui might not speak English fluently. Although he hire his own transrator, it might not be always convinuent for interviewers. It is not undesirable that the funs and readers cannot hear his real voice because of the wall of language. I personally think to be the bridge of different two nations after reading the magazine and newspaper about the World Series.

About seigaohtani

Seiga Ohtani is a public relations professional based in Tokyo, Japan.
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