TBS announcer Takahiro Inoue weeps as he explains the “cheering problem” at Keio, winner of the Koshien championship, but is heavily criticized on social networking sites for “switching the subject. | FRIDAY DIGITAL

TBS announcer Takahiro Inoue weeps as he explains the “cheering problem” at Keio, winner of the Koshien championship, but is heavily criticized on social networking sites for “switching the subject.

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Announcer Takahiro Inoue, a baseball player from Keio High School (November ’16)

[Last week’s broadcast. …… I listened to it over and over again. I listened to it over and over again, and the only thing I could come up with was that my inadequacies had exploded. I was inexperienced as a TV personality, that’s all I can say.

On September 2, Takahiro Inoue, 39, a popular announcer with his light-hearted delivery on the evening news program “N-Sta” (TBS), reflected in a mysterious tone of voice on his radio program “Takahiro Inoue: Saturday ‘A'” (TBS Radio). The “inadequacy that exploded” refers to that comment about this summer’s Koshien. ……

This summer’s Koshien, the 105th National High School Baseball Championship, ended with Keio Gijuku High School (Kanagawa Prefecture) winning the championship for the first time in 107 years, defeating Sendai Ikuei High School (Miyagi Prefecture), which was aiming for a consecutive spring and summer championship, 8 to 2.

This year’s tournament was clearly for Keio. Even before the tournament, Keio was the most popular team in terms of both attention and popularity, as Katsuji, the second son of Kazuhiro Kiyohara (56), who holds the record for the most homers hit in Koshien (13), was on the bench.

The popularity was so great that tickets for the final sold out within an hour of going on sale, and the atmosphere in the final game was such that Keio had the cheers of the crowd, not only from the Alps but also from the stands in the inner and outer fields, on their side, and the situation was clearly unfavorable to Sendai Ikuei.

This is not limited to this year, however. For example, in the final match of the 88th tournament in 2006 between Waseda Jitsugyo (Tokyo), with Yuki Saito, aka Prince Handkerchief, aiming for the first championship, and Komadai Tomakomai (Hokkaido), with Masahiro Tanaka, aka Ma-kun, aiming for the third consecutive championship, the entire stadium was filled with Waseda’s supporters.

In the case of Keio, however, the manner of cheering by some spectators was very bad. For example, when Keio was on defense, they cheered loudly when Sendai Ikuei struck out or got an out, and many of them stood and cheered or stood shoulder to shoulder and swayed sideways.

In fact, a warning was announced at the stadium, saying, ‘Please be aware that standing up to cheer may disturb other spectators,’ and ‘Please be considerate so as not to disturb the spectators in the rear when cheering,’ but the cheering continued until the game ended.

On social networking sites,

Can you at least keep your voice down when you’re defending Keio… it’s simply offensive…

A large group of adults, all excited at the same time over a mistake made by a high school student on the other team…that’s just not very mature.

This is simply offensive…” This was followed by criticism from high school baseball fans and entertainers. Entertainers who are fans of high school baseball expressed their own opinions, but the most controversial comment came from Inoue, himself a member of the baseball team at Keio Gijuku High School. Inoue, who was watching the final game from his Alps seat, began to share his views on the criticism on SNS in “Takahiro Inoue, Saturday’s ‘A'” on August 26.

As you said, it was unpleasant to watch. He said that outside alumni were too excited. I’m an announcer myself. ……

Then, she gradually began to tear up,

[I don’t mind criticism of me, but it’s not like it’s being directed at the players. ……

He seemed to be moved to tears, and finally burst into tears,

I don’t think the feelings that all the players have put into the summer will ever change. I don’t think I have the right to criticize the players because they are Keio. That’s the only thing I can’t forgive.

He cried and pleaded with the players, “I can’t allow you to do that. However, the social networking service reacted to this.

There is hardly anyone who is criticizing the ball players, but you dare to focus your criticism on them and shift the point of contention.

No one is blaming the players. If you are an announcer, you should be giving your opinion from a bird’s eye view.

In fact, the fact that there was no one criticizing the athletes led to a concentrated firestorm of criticism.

Speaking of announcer Inoue, he has been the main anchor of the weekday edition of “NSTA” since April ’17, and won the 30th Hashida Award in April ’22. The reason for this,

As the anchor of “NSTA” (TBS), she has won the sympathy of many viewers amidst the COVID-19 crisis, with her refreshingly intelligent, yet honest and passionate tone of voice.

In May 2010, he wrote his own book, ‘The TBS News’. In May 2010, Inoue published his own book, “Tsutaeru Chikara (The Power to Communicate)” (Diamond Inc.), and his “ability to communicate” was well known. In the following week’s broadcast, Inoue spoke of his own reflection on the situation, as shown in the following paragraph. Even a professional communicator can fall from a tree. ……

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