Tell me. Is that a deer in the headlights look or what? By both player and agent.
DMat looks like Costanza in that gore-tex coat he had.
haha, i was going to say the same thing.
Hi John – MLB has just gone crazy with $$$ and long contracts. I’m glad the Mets are using some restraint.
I guarantee he’s going to suck. All these overhyped Japanese players do.
you’re an idiot. he just got off a cross-country plane flight and had been up until 3 a.m. negotiating.
matsui of the yanks was a big bust
While Matsui of the Yankees can’t be called a bust he’s hardly the player he was hyped up to be. I don’t see the Godzilla-like numbers he was putting up in Japan. He’s a nice player but no way is he elite. Other than him, Ichiro, that closer up in Seattle and a couple of decent years out of Nomo none of these Japanese players has been any good. Just a few years ago there was a bidding war for the rights to Kaz Ishii. How’d that turn out? How’d Hideki Irabu the “Nolan Ryan of Japan” turn out? How about the guy who was then the best player in Japan, Kaz Matsui?
Look, when Benny Agbayani and Matt Franco can go to Japan and become star players that just goes to show you the level of talent they have over there.
Matsusaka has no business getting $50 million based on what he did in Japan.
yeah those looks are pretty much “just got off a plane and been up too long thinking about money and am being surprised by an annoying photographer” kind of looks, more than deer in a headlights. Come on, have some empathy.
You have a point, but both the players in Seattle and NY are elite.
Both are widely lauded as having exemplary fundamentals and playing the game correctly.
Others’ may have better power numbers but both players have all around solid games.
Irabu was a bust certainly as well as the others’ but how many can’t miss prospects in the minors or college or HS never pan out? If you want to stick with the Yanks there was a pitcher they signed for big $$ he threatened to play football signed in ny then got switched to 3rd i think then finally went into the NFL and became a bust in two sports.
You just don’t know. Yes Japan is not MLB, but what is? As for Nomo, I agree he ain’t much, but he did have a knack for showing up on one team or other after horrible years. What does that say?
do we wanna get into the roids debate which makes almost all numbers moot?
The points about all the Japanese players makes Boston’s 51mil payment to negotiate a waste.
This guy will never live down the contract.
Of course this free agent season is a farce too. All those mediocre players getting paid like the babe should be.
not sure what the point is, are you having your picture taken after a flight, late at night when you’re not expecting it? if you did, would you have a big smile across your face? would you be super photogenic? cut these guys some slack man, and be more respectable in your reporting
To Anon …
If I’m landing in the city where I’m going to work and get $52 million, even after an all night flight, I’m all smiles.
So would you. if you say otherwise, you’re either stupid, naive, or both.
Besides, he didn’t travel coach, either. Plus, he had to know there would be people waiting for him. They aren’t stupid enough to expect nobody would be there waiting for him.
He looks intimidated to me. And, I’ll be there will be more than a few times where he’s intimidated on the mound.
so in one shot, one single photo, he looks intimidated to you, and that means something to you? that actually means something to you? give me a freaking break, it’s one photo, have you seen the dozen others where he’s smiling like crazy? the one’s of him at the bruins game? the story where he told the car to stop so he could wave at some of his adoring fans? sounds like a happy camper to me, and if you knew anything about matsuzaka, you’d know the guy is one tough mother. Of course it’ll be a big change for him, but don’t expect him to be scared, or intimidated, the guy brings it, bottom line, and he doesn’t back down.
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