The Yankees had an odd scheduling glitch earlier this season when they played nine straight games in National League parks. During that stretch, Hideki Matsui barely played at all. One would imagine those 11 days felt like nothing compared to Matsui having to be on the bench for the last three.
But now that the World Series has shifted back to the Bronx, the Yankees DH will return to the lineup – one of the Yankees few hitters who is swinging a hot bat. Matsui is hitting .308 with three home runs and seven RBI this postseason, and is 5-for-his-last-9 with two homers.
Most importantly for tonight, he’s had good success against Pedro Martinez in the postseason. In 2003, he doubled off him three times in the ALCS – including the famous one in the seventh inning – and in Game 2 of this series he hit the tie-breaking home run.
There were several reports about Matsui arriving slightly late to the Stadium before Game 2 because of traffic. Japanese media have said that, in the past, Matsui has often atoned for being late by hitting home runs – so they weren’t surprised that he did it again in Game 2.
What do you guys think – tons of traffic on the Deegan this afternoon?