BROADCASTING MATSUI FOR MATSUI
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Japan Broadcasting Corporation, or Nippon Hoso Kyokai, decided to change the MLB programs led by Hideki Matsui after the Yankees slugger had gotten injured in the left wrist. It's very sorry for him not to be able to see to play this season at worst, but very happy for NHK to give us the other Japanese MLB players' games entering Takashi Saito of LA Dodgers, So Taguchi of St. Louis Cardinals, Akinori Otsuka of Texas Rangers and Kazuo Matsui of NY Mets. Especially LITTLE Matsui, compared to Godzilla Matsui of Yanks, and the Mets are expected to lead the National League East, so the Mets meeting a top team Cardinals was watched is the gladdest.
In the last game of three game series, both Matsui and Taguchi went out there as a pinch hitter but couldn't hit a single neither. Taguchi stayed there as leftfielder after that, while Matsui was replaced by relief pitcher Darren Oliver. Matsui, however, was a rest day this afternoon, and seems to enter it usually as the 7th or 8th order at bat except the 2nd in case of catcher Paul Lo Duca's absence.
In the subway series against city rival Yankees, Matsui entered all of three game series to hit 2-of-11 singles, one of which was an RBI single to tie the game, 6-6, in the series opener. In addition, he made totally four double-plays with SS Jose Reyes and 1B Carlos Delgado together. He is currently evaluated as a good second baseman, I thought. This is the last year of the three-year contract for him. I expect Matsui and the Mets more rising, and expect to continue more broadcasting it.
NY Mets 3-6 St. Louis (18 May)
NY Yankees 6-7 NY Mets (19 May)
*Wright's walk-off single in 9th
NY Yankees 5-4 NY Mets (20 May)
NY Yankees 3-4 NY Mets (21 May)