Sports articles seem to be written with a sense of values such that "being not a winner is meaningless," but the second player or the loser has far more charm with subtleties such as "a human sense of failure, a regret for failure just before victory, embarrassment, a feeling of glory with a little shadow" says the illustrator. And (!), he also says it is because of this reason that he's a long time "Hanshin fan." From the same essay as yesterday, "Showa!"
"June 4 2019
from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun"