Giants' owner Takuo Takihana was a guest on Nippon Broadcasting's radio program Emoto Takenori Tokoton Puroyakyu! on Monday. Takihana told listeners that, regardless of what kind of player Matsui might be when / if he makes a return to the NPB in the future, he'd like for him to return with the Giants.
"If Matsui ever decides to make a comeback to the NPB, whether it's as a coach or a player, I'd like to create a place for him with the team," said Takihana.
Former Hanshin Tiger Emoto fired back and said that there would be no way Matsui would re-sign with the Giants and would instead be in pinstripes.
Said Emoto, "I'm really sorry to tell you this Mr. Owner, but Matsui is a Hanshin. He went from New York to the West coast and so he'll want that again in Japan."
To which Takihana replied, "What are you talking about? Tokyo is the closest to the West coast."