"Kazuo is the Alex Rodriguez of the Japanese game." -Robert Whiting, author of You Gotta Have Wa, the definitive English-language book on Japanese baseball. From December 8, 2003
"Extremely strong arm. Outstanding range, comparable to Omar Vizquel's. Fast as a bullet train. I think he's going to be very, very successful in the U.S." -Ted Heid, director of Pacific Rim operations for the Seattle Mariners. From December 8, 2003
"American grass looks really high." -Kaz Matsui from December 8, 2003So the man who came with such fanfare, such defiance about changing positions, a no trade clause which excluded such large market teams as the Yankees, Dodgers, and Angels, and a news conference where he wore a 1986 championship ring, leaves to go play for the Colorado Sky Sox while still getting paid by the Mets.
Matsui hopes to become the first player ever profiled in Time Magazine to homer in his first minor league at bat.