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UPDATE: translation ambiguity: Mashahiro Tanaka is saying he can’t decide

Jan 21, 2014, 10:09 AM EST

UPDATE II: Oh boy. It’s not even that he can’t decide which team he wants to play for. He was referring to not being able to decide which Twitter avatar to use.

Wow. I know when I’m beat. I am officially out of the Tanaka Tea Leaves Reading business.

UPDATE: Or, maybe Tanaka is just being a drama queen:

Oh well. He has to make up his mind in the next couple of days, I suppose. C’mon, Tanaka. We’re bored.

10:09 AMJustin Bopp of SB Nation has been tracking Masahiro Tanaka’s Twitter feed, and hips us to a big tweet from a few minutes ago:

According to Google Translate, that literally means “Do is Decide.” Bopp says that translates to “It is decided.” Which one presumes means Tanaka has chosen a team.

Last we heard Tanaka had “ongoing negotiations” with the Dodgers. But really, it could be any of four or five teams. I presume we’ll know for sure sometime soon.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    His Twitter is boring. I need more Koji Uehara cat faces.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:16 AM

      Until I came to HBT, I had no idea baseball dudes are so into cats.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jan 21, 2014 at 2:08 PM

        Cats v. Dogs is the pet lovers’ version of Cake v. Pie.

        Cats are vicious killing machines who dream of nothing but murder during the 18 hours they sleep every day. They don’t care about people except when people are feeding them and cleaning their poop.

        Plus, cats are total youtube attention whores. I get it, cats. You’re cute and manipulative. Take a nap, already.

      • anxovies - Jan 21, 2014 at 2:50 PM

        Plus, a dog will rarely jump on your lap and stick its ass in your face.

      • moogro - Jan 21, 2014 at 2:55 PM

        maybe everyone knew this but me, but:

        Something I learned recently was that a major behavioural difference between domesticated dogs and domesticated cats is that cats have never had time to been domesticated. At least not like dogs. Dogs are the result of captive, isolated populations over a long period of time that has conditioned the wildness out of them, reproducing those behaviours down to a genetic level. Cats, not so much. Cats are the result of temporary captures of a ubiquitous wild population, never more than a generation or three away from mating with a feral cat, thereby largely losing any gains made by acculturation with humans. This is why cats, even within the same litter, will have far different behaviours. One will seem nice, come when called, act social, etc. The other will be anti-social, fight, pee on your clothes, etc. But all cats will eat your body when you die on the floor.

        With so many delicious pies out there, why settle for cake?

    • NatsLady - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:16 AM

      Actually, according to Japanese speaker, it means, “cannot decide.”

      IchiroReport ‏@IchiroReport 6m
      @mlbdailydish no. He says “cannot decide.”

      • spudchukar - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:31 AM

        Or perhaps he is saying, “Jeez, I am having a hard time deciding, but maybe if one were to offer a little more cash it would help me make a choice.”

      • spudchukar - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:22 AM

        Sometimes you have to read “between the lines”, even if they are iconographic.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:25 AM

        @ spudchukar, exactly. 彼はもっと多くの円に対して切望を感じています。

        Translation can be found at: http://translation.babylon.com/japanese/to-english/

  2. unclemosesgreen - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Giggitty-goo! I wonder who?

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:19 AM

      The world awaits the momentous decision.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:24 AM

        zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

      • proudlycanadian - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:46 AM

        Don’t you realize that the future of baseball rides on this decision.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:02 AM

        At the moment, Anthopoulos sounds as though he’s suffering from sticker shock. On Thursday, Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi tweeted, “AA again says acquisition cost for FA pitchers and arms in trade too high at the moment.” That’s fairly typical GM posturing; Anthopoulos knows he needs to make a splash to reassure the Blue Jays’ fan base that the team still intends to contend in 2014.

      • Old Gator - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:07 AM

        And there’s our virtusal village idiot’s unfailing sole “thumb myself up” too. Hard to imagine living such a pathetic, useless life that he needs to do that to make himself feel a little less pointless. Obviously, it only affords the most temporary kind of relief – like scratching his armpit without killing his fleas.

  3. baned0n - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    IchiroReport ‏@IchiroReport 6m
    @mlbdailydish no. He says “cannot decide.”

  4. unclemosesgreen - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Bopp him in the head. It means can’t decide. Giggitty-what??

  5. NatsLady - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    I used Babylon 10. Result, “I can’t decide it.”

    http://translation.babylon.com/japanese/to-english/

    • uyf1950 - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:53 AM

      I think babylon translation is one of the more accurate when it comes to Japanese to English translations. Google translator not so much.

  6. shaggylocks - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Also important to note: his Twitter icon is awesome.

  7. Old Gator - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    I have only one little bit of advice for Masahiro-san which, fittingly enough, was also the result of some lousy translation into English from Japanese. This is Ogata, admonishing Serizawa about his reluctance to permit his oxygen destroyer to be used against Godzilla:

    “You have your fear, which might become reality, and you have Godzilla, which is reality.”

    Good words (even when your lips are still moving after you finish speaking them). That was all the philosophy I ever needed.

  8. jcmeyer10 - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    All I can picture is the interview with Ben Affleck from Good Will Hunting and the phrase “RETAINNNNNERRRR” ringing about.

  9. km9000 - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Is that smiley supposed to represent him on the phone?

    • pixteca - Jan 21, 2014 at 12:53 PM

      nervous sweating

  10. cackalackyank - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Hmmm. Would it just be hilarious, if after all this for a month now, he stayed in Japan.

    • cackalackyank - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      But seriously folks, this could just be Japanese for “One more chance to up your offer.” Also, it mean he is gonna let the Mrs. choose.

  11. fnc111 - Jan 21, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Google translate rarely translates phrases correctly lol.

  12. uyf1950 - Jan 21, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Gentlemen upon further investigation and checking with several other sites Tanaka was NOT referring to being able to decide which team to choose. It WAS a tweet that he couldn’t decide about his avatar for his account.

  13. raysfan1 - Jan 21, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    In early Feb, 1904, the Russian ambassador to Japan appeared before the emperor to negotiate access to Manchurian seaports. He decided to use an early version of Google Translate to aid his communication. He keyed in “Hello, your majesty, I’m sure your country and mine can come to a friendly solution.” The translator produce a phrase in Japanese script, which the ambassador showed the emperor, who in turn became furious and immediately declared war on Russia. Apparently Google Translate’s printout actually read ” I don’t want to talk to you no more, you empty headed animal food trough wiper. I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.” True story.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 21, 2014 at 1:18 PM

      Those who do not study history are destined to repeat it…or, if we repeat the story enough it will be history…or, we should study so we do not repeatedly use Google.

      • youngyankee - Jan 21, 2014 at 3:06 PM

        and those who do not read the first line “in early feb 1904…” are doomed to post comments about repeating history on a clearly sarcastic post

      • historiophiliac - Jan 21, 2014 at 3:09 PM

        Wow, did you really take my comment seriously? Did it seem not also silly to you?

        Sheesh, you can never be too obvious on this site.

      • raysfan1 - Jan 22, 2014 at 10:33 AM

        I suspect so, historio. The response also makes me wonder if he realizes the 1904-1905 Russo-Japanese War was the only part of my little joke that wasn’t a farce.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 22, 2014 at 11:29 AM

        I fear for the future of America.

    • natstowngreg - Jan 21, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      The war went on for a while, featuring artillery exchanging volleys of borscht and sushi. Then, Teddy Roosevelt had the Great White Fleet pick up the Russian and Japanese representatives and bring them to the White House. There, Teddy engaged in boxing matches while negotiating the end of the war. Nobel Peace Prize in hand, Teddy went to Africa to shoot lions, while running for President as a Bull Moose (not to be confused with Bullwinkle the Moose, who once ran for Governor of Minnesota). Followed by his highly lucrative gig as a Racing President at Nationals’ games.

      You could look it up, as Casey Stengel would say. Or, was it Woodrow Wilson?

  14. holleywood9 - Jan 21, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Tanaka to yanks is inevitable

  15. jayquintana - Jan 21, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    If I were him, I’d go with the Dodgers, even if it means less money than the Cubs or Yankees are offering.

    Great chance to win it all, plus less pressure on him.

  16. bigdaddy44 - Jan 21, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Red Sox set to slide in with a last minute offer once the other teams are done jockeying.

  17. dirtyharry1971 - Jan 21, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Well after reading this you can officially count the bluejays out, LOL

    At the moment, Anthopoulos sounds as though he’s suffering from sticker shock. On Thursday, Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi tweeted, “AA again says acquisition cost for FA pitchers and arms in trade too high at the moment.” That’s fairly typical GM posturing; Anthopoulos knows he needs to make a splash to reassure the Blue Jays’ fan base that the team still intends to contend in 2014.

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