When told about Hanshin’s interest…
“I’m happy that they would say that, I have to appreciate it. Because I was a Hanshin fan when I was a kid.”
When asked if he’d prefer to finish his career in the States…
“Basically that’s right, but since I don’t know what will come up I don’t know what will happen.”
It’s worth noting that Sponichi put the “I don’t know what will happen” quote in the headline, which I find a little out of character for the ultra-speculative Japanese media.
Sponichi has more from after the Yankees’ June 17 game against Washington:
“I flat-out can’t have this discussion now. But I appreciate that they have interest. I was a Hanshin fan when I was a kid.”
So there you have it. Keep an eye on this space come November.
While we’re here, to give you an idea of how analytical the Japanese press can be, the same blurb points out that Matsui’s batting average in games after he’s hit a home run is .111.