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The clock is ticking for the Captain

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 27, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Hideki Matsui not only got married yesterday, he completely suckered Bobby Abreu and Derek Jeter.

The three made a bet at the beginning of spring training over who would get married first. Whoever got hitched first would win. But there was a caveat: the losers could keep their money if they got married as well.

Abreu, because he already has a girlfriend, would get six months. Jeter, who is single, would get a year.

Jeter was stunned when he walked into the clubhouse this morning and learned that Matsui got married in New York yesterday. Captain Cool, the man who loves to say nothing surprises him, was astonished.

“He what?” Jeter said. “Seriously?”

Jeter quickly conceded the bet. “I got one year? No chance,” he said. “I’ll give him the money today. That’s pretty good. How do you say sneaky in Japanese? Ain’t that something? I should have known he was up to something.”

Said Abreu: “I’m writing him a check.”

Matsui was having a good time with the whole thing.

“Derek has a year or I win,” he said.

Asked whether he got married just to win the bet, Matsui let out a loud laugh. “Maybe,” he said.





42 Responses to “The clock is ticking for the Captain”

  1. rodg12 March 27th, 2008 at 11:51 am

    That’s awesome. I love insight stuff like this. Just shows you how much fun these guys have with each other.

  2. Steve (Cashman sucks) March 27th, 2008 at 11:53 am

    LOL This is the funniest thing I have heard in a long time. You could say that Hideki got one “past a diving Jeter.”

  3. Eric March 27th, 2008 at 11:54 am

    Pettitte pushed back from Saturday start and will not pitch the 4th or 5th game ogf regular season–

  4. Steve (Cashman sucks) March 27th, 2008 at 11:54 am

    You could say Hideki got one “past a diving Jeter.”

  5. gayle March 27th, 2008 at 11:55 am

    And this story is just an example of why those who criticize the Yankees team for being too corporate and not having any fun really have no clue on what goes on

  6. Lori March 27th, 2008 at 11:55 am

    Really funny – but I wouldn’t want to be Abreu’s girlfriend reading this – no wedding bells in her future!

  7. Skippy March 27th, 2008 at 11:56 am

    This was a great story. I’m going to go look for some Japanese news sites to see what this story looks like.

  8. Skippy March 27th, 2008 at 11:57 am

    Are we ever going to get an edit button?!!

  9. JRVJ March 27th, 2008 at 11:57 am


    Abreu was to marry former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, but she cheated him while being a contestant in a Big Brother type show (I kid you not).

    I’m pretty sure Abreu’s gf understands what she’s working with….

  10. Joe March 27th, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    Jeter is too smart to get married

  11. mel March 27th, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    Great story! Oh, that Jeter.

  12. murphydog March 27th, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    How come no Yankees at the wedding? Just curious.

  13. Christine March 27th, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    That’s pretty cute. Thanks, as always, for sharing, Pete!

    I think Derek is already married — to the Yankees.

    When it happens for him, it will knock him out. I don’t see him getting married while he is still a starter for the Yankees, maybe when he gets older and his career is coming to an end, but maybe he will surprise me.

  14. mko March 27th, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    The amount of money they bet for would be interesting…;)

  15. rodg12 March 27th, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    Eric- it says he will NOW pitch the 4th or 5th game of the season, it doesn’t say NOT. ;)

  16. Doreen March 27th, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    What a great story. Nah, Jeter won’t be marrying for quite a while. It seems to me he purposefully avoids the type of girl he might marry. He’s smart, and I imagine he knows himself pretty well.

    So, are Abreu and Jeter the only bachelors over 30?

  17. mel March 27th, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    Totally agree on Jeter. It’s almost like a wife or serious relationship would be a distraction from his real purpose in life. To bring another championship to New York (via the Yankees, not the Mets).

  18. pounder March 27th, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    I guess he won’t be needing his bag of porn anymore.

  19. blondlobo March 27th, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    Hey, Derek, we still have time to meet….I could save you that pesky bet *wink wink*

  20. PeePee March 27th, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    Hey Steve (Cashman sucks), why don’t you paste your little joke a 3rd time, maybe someone will laugh.

  21. Phil Hughes is Saved! March 27th, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    This is too funny

  22. Jimmy 27 March 27th, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Jeter and Alyssa Milano I’m tellin’ ya – just wait.

  23. Elizabeth--Melky in CF 08 and beyond March 27th, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Oh, damn. Well, I’m glad Derek’s waiting. I’m not done with my grand scheme to seduce him and take his money. Tsk. ;)

    Jimmy–she’s been with every other baseball player. It’s only a matter of time.

    Hey Pete–How good is ‘sui’s English? Does he converse with the writers well enough to speak without his translator?

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