What is with all the hard hits on Fukudome? I remember when Ryne Sandberg first joined the Cubs; he started out something similar to 0-for-57.
You have to remember, he is in a new country, on a new team, and he did not even know our language very well. Let's give the guy a chance.
I believe he will do better now that he has a hitting instructor from his own country. He just lost his confidence and had no one to back him up.
We as Cubs fans dumped on him so fast. What if we had done that to Sandberg? Would he have had a career like he did? No.
Fukudome was one of the best hitters in Japan, and it will take a year or two for him to adjust to major league pitching. Once that happens, then look out. We can expect 25 to 30 HR and 80 to 90 RBI, and if we move him to center field we will have one of the best center fielders in the league.
I will go on record right now: Fukudome will hit .280, with 25 HR and 80 RBI next year. I just hope it will be for the Cubs.