I just returned from having dinner with Hideki Matsui.
Yes, Godzilla himself. Matsui invited the beat writers out for dinner during his first spring training with the Yankees in 2003. The beat writers reciprocated in 2004 and it has been a tradition ever since. This year we dined at a terrific Italian place in Tampa.
It’s an off-the-record affair, so all I can say is that Matsui is as gracious and pleasant a guy as you would hope he would be. It really was a delightful evening. The big guy has a great sense of humor.
It’s too bad that this kind of thing doesn’t happen more often. I think if the players knew the writers better and we knew them better, it would make for better coverage.
This is baseball, after all. There doesn’t need to be an adversarial relationship.