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Posted By Alex Belth On March 3, 2010 @ 8:46 am In Bronx Banter | Comments Disabled


Tyler Kepner catches up with Hideki Matsui [2]at Angels camp (sniff):

Matsui is already comfortable in the clubhouse. He played with Abreu and Juan Rivera on the Yankees and has known Torii Hunter since an all-star event in Japan in 2002. Matsui and Hunter have adjoining lockers.

“He’s got a really good sense of humor,” Hunter said. “It’s unbelievable. I’ve been bringing him up in our meetings at 9:30 every morning. It’s like a comedy show. He gets us warmed up, laughing, cracking up, sweating, and we go out on the field happy. He fits right in. He told me, ‘Man, I feel comfortable here.’ ”

And here’s another bit from Kepner [3]:

“You hear about the professionalism, you hear about the talent level, you hear about how he prepares,” Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said. “When you see it first-hand, it just validates everything that’s said about him.”

Scioscia added, “I think when a guy like Derek Jeter says he’s the most professional guy he’s played with in his career, that statement says it all.”

One last piece on Matsui, this one from Robert Whiting [4], author of the classic baseball book, You Gotta Have Wa [5].

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[1] Image: http://bronxbanter.arneson.name/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/matsuiflight.jpg

[2] Tyler Kepner catches up with Hideki Matsui : http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/03/sports/baseball/03matsui.html?ref=baseball

[3] another bit from Kepner: http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/02/catching-up-with-matsui/

[4] this one from Robert Whiting: http://www.fccj.or.jp/node/5382

[5] You Gotta Have Wa: http://www.amazon.com/You-Gotta-Have-Robert-Whiting/dp/067972947X

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