There isn’t an English equivalent for the Japanese word mikaesu, at least not in the context it was used recently by Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda.
Literally translated, it means look or stare back. In feeling, it’s closer to “I’ll show them.”
Maeda, 28, was talking about what drove him this season, in which he had a 16-11 record with a 3.69 earned-run average. He also was the only Dodgers starting pitcher to remain in the injury-ravaged rotation for the entire 162-game schedule.
He will take the mound again Monday for the Dodgers in Game 3 of their National League division series against the Washington Nationals.
“I felt I had to leave...