I’ve never enjoyed playing baseball; never enjoyed pitching, to be honest with you…. I’m not saying this because I’m with the Yankees. This has been all throughout my professional career. There’s a lot of responsibility as a starting pitcher, so rather than enjoy myself out there, I feel like I have to fulfill my responsibilities and that’s my priority.
I suspect there are some subtleties being lost in translation and delivery here, and nothing Kuroda said should really concern Yankee fans all that much — he’s more concerned with being a good pitcher (which he is) than with enjoying himself. It’s just kind of funny to hear any athlete come out and be all, “honestly, bro — this isn’t any fun at all. This is really hard!”