Kona Takahashi grew up a Yomiuri Giants fan. He particularly liked Shinnosuke Abe.
Source: Sponichi 6/7/2016
Takahashi got pointers on how to throw the knuckle-curve from teammate Felipe Paulino during practices on June 22. He throws a slider, forkball, and curve, but wanted something with more vertical movement because his curve follows similar diagonal path to his slider.
Source: Sponichi 6/23/2016