About 300 people greeted Hideki Matsui with a round of applause at Narita Airport on Wednesday.
Seems there was also an incident yesterday with Matsui's flight to his home town in Ishikawa. Due to bad weather conditions near the airport, planes were told to circle above the airport until things cleared up. Matsui was riding a JAL flight that was set to touchdown after an ANA flight, except for some reason, his plane landed first. People waiting for family members riding on the ANA flight were incensed. Three police officers were apparently dispatched for crowd control.
According to airport officials, Matsui's flight arrived after the ANA aborted their attempt at landing. But since it takes at least 20-30 minutes to attempt another landing, Matsui's flight was allowed to make an attempt and that was the reason why his flight arrived before ANA.
In the end, everything cooled off as Matsui walked into the lobby and was greeted by about 100 fans.
Matsui will also be attending an event at his own museum on the 10th that celebrates a milestone of its own: 550,000 visitors.
Hiroki Kuroda has his sights set on starting and racking up at least 200 innings in 2010.
Seems there's also a chance he could be returning to Japan next year. I'm guessing a lot will depend on how things go for him this year.
Daisuke Matsuzaka's goal for 2010 is to take back his spot in the starting rotation.
Sponichi is looking forward to seeing Takashi Saito providing relief work out of the pen for Kenshin Kawakami.