"My first priority is practice. In Japan spring training starts
on Feb. 1," Matsui said through interpreter Toru Mihara. "I am
familiar with that schedule."
Matsui, who signed a $20.1 million, three-year contract in
December, spoke to reporters in a drizzle for about seven minutes
outside the visiting clubhouse. He plans to begin working out
During his stay in New York, Matsui worked out in a domed tent
alongside his hotel. A Japanese tennis team was
using the tent, and he said the team members were gracious enough
to allow him to conduct personal training on a daily basis.
When asked why he left New York, Matsui wrapped both arms around his body and shivered while saying: "Brrrr."