My sports editor sent me an email about Kaz Matsui, and how he promises to have a good year in Colorado. Matsui said New York fans never got to see the real Matsui.
Matsui admitted last year sometimes he felt overwhelmed, but seemed to back off that in the article from Rockies camp. He says he’s relaxed, but that has to be Denver vs. New York. How can it not be?
Matsui underwent Lasik surgery and said that should improve his results at the plate. He also said he’s taking English lessions, which should also help him fit in better.
Maybe he would have done these things in NY. Maybe not. It’s easy to roast him for not doing it, but maybe he never thought of it until this year.
I have to believe Matsui’s initial admission last year was more to the point, that he was overwhelmed in NY.