With the talk about the Angels wanting Matsui to help lead the team and become an example for the younger players, Sponichi wonders what will happen when Hideki Matsui arrives to a practice late. Matsui was even playfully labeled the "late king" in this Sponichi article (there's even an article outlining a number of games Matsui was late for). It also mentions the three rules Mike Scioscia wants his players to abide by: play the game hard, practice hard, and be there on time.
Incidentally, it seems Matsui was indeed willing to take a 50% cut on his salary in order to stay with the Yanks. Seems he wanted to make up for all the time he lost due to injuries. At least that's what he apparently told his Toshio Kato, his "US father," during the season.
Daisuke Matsuzaka is in Orlando, Florida for a bit of R&R (Disney World is one of his stops). Matsuzaka was training in Arizona from the 12/8 to 12/15. He'll be spending the rest of the year with his family relaxing and then re-start his training in Arizona again on 1/4.
Ryota Igarashi told reporters over the phone that he was relieved a contract came before the end of the year and that he had his sights set on appearing in 60-70 games next season. He's also looking forward to playing against former teammate, Akinori Iwamura, now a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Igarashi will be returning to Japan in January in order to secure his visa.