Close to 50 reporters showed up to watch Ichiro train at the Giants' Kawasaki training complex.
Ichiro showed up to the complex at about 11 in the morning and spent about an hour doing stretches, running, playing some catch, and BP.
There were apparently about 5 reporters from the US at Hideki Matsui's press conference vs about 100 Japanese reporters.
Former Seattle Mariner / Los Angels Angel Shigetoshi Hasegawa feels Matsui made the right decision in signing with the Angels. Said Hasegawa:
I think they signed Matsui not because he's Japanese, but because he can play. I'm even proud of him. The Angels are the complete opposite of the Yankees. The Angels are more of a family team. There isn't a lot of pressure and I think he'll be able to focus in on playing his game. The ball takes off pretty well here, so I think that will work in his advantage.
And as far-fetched as this might be, Sponichi is drawing comparisons to another player that went from the Yankees to the Angels: Reggie Jackson.
Sponichi also wonders what the NY crowd reaction will be like when Matsui returns to Yankee Stadium on 4/13. I'm guessing the NY fans will give Matsui a nice round of applause.
The Mariners signed Pedro Okuda to a minor league contract on Wednesday. He'll head to Venezuela (where the Mariners have a baseball academy) after he graduates from High School next Spring.