December 8, 2003


POST #    621

Mets - My first Matsui

The New York Mets, my team, made a free agent signing today, by inking Japanese star shortstop Kazuo Matsui to a 3-year, $23 million contact. This gives the Mets a dynamic duo at shortstop and 2nd, with Jose Reyes moving to second base to accommodate Matsui. While, I'm not sure that this will move the Mets out of the NL East cellar (where they have dwelled for the past two years), it will certainly bring some excitement to Shea. Some people are saying that Kazuo is faster than Ichiro of the Seattle Mariners. Despite the signing, I don't think I'll be dropping $2600 for another season ticket.

The arrival of Matsui gives me hope, that when I turn 28, I'll be able to sign up with a Major League Baseball team. Not entirely unrealistic, since Kazuo stands tall at 5'9", which, according to my drivers license, is my height as well.

I welcome him to the Mets and hope that people don't start calling me Matsui because I really hate shit like that. I think the next time that happens, I'm going to call that white person Billy Bob or something. Maybe I'll just say "fuck you" because that shit ain't funny.

- NY Times: Japan's Top Shortstop Signs With the Mets
- ESPN: 'Little Matsui' accepts 3-year deal from Mets
- Matsui declares himself Amazin'

Posted by tien mao in Sports at 10:14 AM



tien - you're angry this morning.

i REALLY hope ppl don't start calling asian dudes matsui or some stupid shit like that. you got your can o whoop ass ready? ;)

Posted by: jeannette at December 8, 2003 11:30 AM

i've actually been called ichiro and shinjo before, but i've always been like "was he just talking to me?" fucked up. it's happened at shea and the dark depths of hell (aka yankee stadium).

Posted by: tien at December 8, 2003 12:00 PM

Tien, can I call you Yao??? Just kidding.

Posted by: Justin at December 8, 2003 12:05 PM

so there's a glimmer of hope for the mets afterall, since matsui is under the age of 35 before the mets signed him! i think this will call for at least one mets outing next summer.

Posted by: dahl at December 8, 2003 12:59 PM

no kidding.. you dont get called yao and he's the most famous asian dood playing on an american team, dontcha think?

Posted by: rachelleb at December 8, 2003 1:12 PM

dahl, are you a mets fan as well? (say yes, say yes!)

as far as yao is concerned, i don't think yao would work for me, since i'm not exactly towering over people. you could argue that ichiro is more famous. you could argue, but it wouldn't necessarily make you right.

Posted by: tien at December 8, 2003 3:13 PM

yes, i am. alex (of and i used to commiserate all of last summer!

Posted by: dahl at December 8, 2003 4:11 PM

now, are you one of those fans that also cheers for the evil empire because they are a new york team, or are you like me and wish the worst for your rivals. (

Posted by: tien at December 8, 2003 4:20 PM

oh, i'm definately like you. the only way i got through living in boston for 5 years was by the fact that i hated the yankees as much as the rest of the sox fans.

Posted by: dahl at December 8, 2003 10:50 PM

good to know that i have a fellow met fan to bash the evil empire with when the time comes. actually, yankee bashing is always in season. down with the evil empire!!

Posted by: tien at December 8, 2003 10:56 PM

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