2021/03/24

是投手也是畫家:專訪富邦二軍投手教練布魯斯

布魯斯在2016年來台時,就曾幫許多球迷在簽名球上畫上簡單的插畫。前一陣子的新聞報導,也刊出了布魯斯在隔離期間刊登在臉書上的畫作。今天,就讓我來為大家訪問這位前統一、前富邦洋投,現任富邦二軍投手教練──布魯斯──打球與繪畫的心路歷程。

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2016年,布魯斯(Bruce Billings)第一次加盟中華職棒,效力於統一獅隊,並在彈力球盛行的那一年,投出了可圈可點的成績,也入選了當年的明星賽。

不過,布魯斯最為人所知的,還是他在球隊休息室中寫下了「相信」、「勝利」的話語,鼓舞當時正在為季後賽拚搏的統一獅隊奮力向前,終究取得了季後賽的資格,而他的「相信」、「勝利」也被球團做成了商品,蔚為風潮。

在一個難得的機會之下,我取得了訪問布魯斯的機會,就讓我把布魯斯來台打球、轉任教練、兼職畫家的心路歷程分享給大家吧!

跨海來台謀生路:布魯斯眼中的中華職棒

Q1:請問布魯斯,當初你在接獲中華職棒球團聯繫你是否要來這裡打球時,你當時的心情如何?是否考慮了很久呢?或是有什麼擔心的嗎?

Q1:When CPBL clubs connect you if you want to come here , what is your feelings that time? You considered it for a long time? Or worried about something?

A1:在我接獲聯繫時,我當時是個自由球員。作為一個棒球選手,只有在球季中才領的到薪水,所以我太太和我正在尋找工作機會。我詢問了周遭的人們關於台灣棒球的一些事情,並決定抓住這個機會來台效力。我很高興我來了,這改變了我的生活,以及我對於比賽的看法。

A1:At the time I was contacted, I was a free agent in the United States. As a baseball player over there, you only get paid during the season, so my wife and I were looking for job opportunities. I asked around to a couple people about Taiwanese baseball and took a chance to come play. I’m glad I did. It changed my life and the way I thought about the game.

布魯斯在統一時期投球的英姿。圖片來源:運動視界圖庫

Q2:你提到了你來台之後,對於比賽的想法改變了。關於大聯盟和中華職棒之間的最大差異,你覺得是什麼呢?就我所知,你曾在大聯盟出賽過11局,我猜那應該讓你留下了一些感受吧?請說說兩個聯盟之間的差異吧!

Q2:You mentioned about it change your thoughts about games, what is the biggest difference between MLB and CPBL? As I Know, you had ever pitched in MLB for 11 innings, I think it might gave you some feelings. What is the biggest difference between them?

A2-1:儘管我只在大聯盟出賽過11局,但我花了數年在3A打滾,在那些年,我面對了許多曾經上過大聯盟,或是後來升上大聯盟的球員。除此之外,我也曾到日本的軟銀隊參加測試,對決過他們的球員,也到過多明尼加投入冬季聯盟的比賽。

對我而言,中華職棒也有一些大聯盟球員,但最大的差異是,當我在大聯盟時,我能夠犯錯的空間是比較小的。大聯盟聚集了許多世界上最棒的球員,因此一直是個高層級的聯盟。

A2-1:I may have only pitched in the MLB for 11 innings, but I spent years in AAA pitching against players that were in the MLB and were going to the MLB. Also pitched against hitters from the SoftBank Hawks in a tryout I went to in Japan. And also pitched in the DR for their winter league.

The CPBL has players who have played in the MLB, the biggest difference I think is that the window for error is smaller in the MLB. The MLB gets a lot of the best players in the world to keep filling the league as well.

Q2-2:能不能請你解釋一下「犯錯的空間較小」是什麼意思呢?是不能發生任何失誤嗎?

Q2-2:Could you please explain what is the meaning of "the window for error"? Not allow to make any errors?

A2-2:在大聯盟,選手們所犯的錯誤更容易遭來巨大的惡果。當你投了一顆失投球,或是出現守備失誤......。那個容錯率是較小的。如果我投了一個失投球,打者更有可能狠狠地將我痛擊。

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