Red Sox fans who watch their team on the New England Sports Network (that’s more or less all of them) need to keep an eye out for new reporter Naoko Funayama, joining the team from WMUR-TV in Manchester, N.H. She’ll debut on Wednesday, April 11, covering stories primarily related to new Japanese import and pitching phenom Daisuke Matsuzaka. David Scott has the story:

The Funayama move is a slam dunk for NESN, which will now have an even larger advantage over its competitors with (what we have to assume) is a Japanese-speaking reporter on their Dice-K coverage. Although Funayama’s translation ability is not mentioned in the release, it’s safe to assume she will be able to speak directly with Matsuzaka and quickly become Dice-K’s own, personal Tina Cervasio … The release, though unclear, leaves the impression that Funayama will continue her role as a sports reporter and anchor at WMUR.

Like Scott, I’m unsure on the particulars, but would have to assume that Funayama speaks Japanese. She’s currently an anchor and reporter in Manchester, according to her Web site bio. But that’s a lesson to all you Ephs out there thinking about going into journalism — make sure you’ve got a second language to work with. And if anyone over in Schow could see fit to design a time machine and relay that same message to me as a freshman, I’d really appreciate it.

Congrats on a good hire by NESN.

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