According to Nikkan Sports, Hideki Matsui returned to Anaheim after his press conference in order to continue his work outs. And it seems the A's may already be reaping some of the benefits to signing Matsui: they sold 600 sets of Friday Tickets on the first day they went on sale, the same day of Matsui's press conference. That's apparently 400 more than they sold on the first day of sales last year.
MLB's VP for Asia, Jim Small, is making some headlines.
Daily Yomiuri's Jim Allen - Small: MLB won't be black ships
A brief snip:
"The key for us is that we would not want to do anything that's going to injure Japanese baseball or [South] Korean baseball or Taiwanese baseball," Small said Thursday.
He said that while MLB is not aggressively pursuing the creation of its own teams in Asia, talks about realizing a clash between the champs of MLB and NPB were slowly moving forward.
"We've had three meetings with NPB to go through the idea of a real world series," Small said. "When you look at all the details, it's a difficult thing to see happening."
Kyodo is also carrying an article on the WBC with quotes from Small, specifically with regards to Japan wanting more money.
Small said Japanese players need to understand that the WBC exists for the greater good of the game and not for making money. The WBC, won by Japan in 2006 and 2009, is immensely popular in the country, generating high TV ratings.