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    The following song is dedicated to former Twins middle infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka as he exits the United States and heads back to resume his career in Japan. The tune of the song is "Candle in the Wind" by Elton John. Enjoy!



    Goodbye Tsuyoshi
    Though we hardly knew you at all
    You had the grace to leave the Twins
    Back to Japan is where you crawled
    Two seasons have gone by
    And it was a disaster from the start
    Swisher broke your leg
    'Cause your defensive skills were not smart

    And it seems to me you played your career
    Like a candle in the wind
    Never knowing where the ball was
    When you stepped in
    And I would have liked a player
    But you're worse than a kid
    Your candle burned out long before
    Your legend ever did

    Defense was tough
    It looked like you never played
    Japan created a superstar
    And the Twins were the one's that paid
    Even when you left
    Oh the press still hounded you
    All the papers had to say
    Was that Tsuyoshi really blew

    And it seems to me you played your career
    Like a candle in the wind
    Never knowing where the ball was
    When you stepped in
    And I would have liked a player
    But you're worse than a kid
    Your candle burned out long before
    Your legend ever did

    Goodbye Tsuyoshi
    Though we hardly knew you at all
    You had the grace to leave the Twins
    Back to Japan is where you crawled

    Goodbye Tsuyoshi
    From the young man in the 22nd row
    Who sees you flailing at the plate
    Back to the dugout is where you go

    And it seems to me you played your career
    Like a candle in the wind
    Never knowing where the ball was
    When you stepped in
    And I would have liked a player
    But you're worse than a kid
    Your candle burned out long before
    Your legend ever did

    And I would have liked a player
    But you're worse than a kid
    Your candle burned out long before
    Your legend ever did
    This article was originally published in blog: Tsuyoshi Nishioka was a "Candle in the Wind" started by Cody Christie
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Please attribute properly. This was lifted from Tommy John's album, "Goodbye Justin Morneau," which contained the following tracks:

      "Funeral for a Catcher/Joe Lies Bleeding"
      "Nishi in the Wind"
      "D-d-d-dickey and the Mets"
      "Goodbye Justin Morneau"
      "Joe Mauer Has No Title (Just Second in BA)"
      "The Ballad of Erik Komatsu"
      "All the Young Girls Love Darin"
      "Butera Can't Hit (But He Can Rock 'n' Roll)"
      "Saturday Night's Alright for Losing"
    1. Jack Torse's Avatar
      Jack Torse -
      You need to provide an audio link because this isn't funny. Or maybe ENOUGH ALREADY about Tnish. It's understandable that topics get scarce in september for back to back 90 loss teams but he should really be praised for not being greedy and that he put principals before the all mighty dollar. Just like team ownership has always done.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
    1. Lesser Dali's Avatar
      Lesser Dali -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jack Torse View Post
      You need to provide an audio link because this isn't funny. Or maybe ENOUGH ALREADY about Tnish. It's understandable that topics get scarce in september for back to back 90 loss teams but he should really be praised for not being greedy and that he put principals before the all mighty dollar. Just like team ownership has always done.
      Mr. Torse. Don't be a party pooper. Everybody has their own way to filter fun and enjoyment into their lives. If you do not like it, move on to a new thread.

      For example: My most enjoyable time was in the late 1960's, in the San Francisco Bay Area. I don't want to get into what my fun was, but I feel assured that most would not think my "fun" is acceptable.

      If writing a parody of an Elton John song about Nishioka brings a little joy to a few posters... what's the harm?

      Lighten up sir and find your fun place.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      I hope this wasn't intentionally written to sound mean-spirited. We can all agree this signing was a mistake, but give credit to Nishioka for not sticking around and eating up 3M in salary next year, as was his right and as many would do. The least we can do is let him leave with dignity; to fail to do so says more about us than about Nishioka.
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      I hope this wasn't intentionally written to sound mean-spirited. We can all agree this signing was a mistake, but give credit to Nishioka for not sticking around and eating up 3M in salary next year, as was his right and as many would do. The least we can do is let him leave with dignity; to fail to do so says more about us than about Nishioka.
      +1

      to put it in other words: Nishioka had more class than Cuddyer*

      *and thankfully both ways.
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      Please attribute properly. This was lifted from Tommy John's album, "Goodbye Justin Morneau," which contained the following tracks:

      "Funeral for a Catcher/Joe Lies Bleeding"
      "Nishi in the Wind"
      "D-d-d-dickey and the Mets"
      "Goodbye Justin Morneau"
      "Joe Mauer Has No Title (Just Second in BA)"
      "The Ballad of Erik Komatsu"
      "All the Young Girls Love Darin"
      "Butera Can't Hit (But He Can Rock 'n' Roll)"
      "Saturday Night's Alright for Losing"
      Thanks for the great chuckle ... now I'll have those pseudo-song titles running through my head all day -- especially "d-d-d-dickey & the Mets" and "Goodbye Justin Morneau". I can actually hear Elton on those two.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by JB_Iowa View Post
      Thanks for the great chuckle ... now I'll have those pseudo-song titles running through my head all day -- especially "d-d-d-dickey & the Mets" and "Goodbye Justin Morneau". I can actually hear Elton on those two.
      Glad you enjoyed it. I dashed it off quickly and it could've benefitted from major editing and improvement - the takeoff on Funeral For A Friend came off as creepy - sorry, it was meant to reflect the toughness any catcher requires.
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