From this Hochi Shimbun report, Hideki Matsui was in good spirits following the Angels’ walk-off over the Blue Jays on Wednesday, a win he had two hits in.
One of them was a two-run blast in the 6th, his 500th home run — for those willing to count his MLB postseason clouts and NPB round-trippers (including those in All-Star and playoff games in Japan).
“What kind of combination of stats is that?” Matsui chuckled, shrugging off what is nonetheless a remarkable achievement.
Asked about the recent success of Hisanori Takahashi, a former teammate who in two starts for the Mets held the Yankees and Phillies scoreless over 12 innings, Hideki was both congratulatory and jocular. “That’s tremendous. Why didn’t he pitch like that when we were teammates?”
The last three years Matsui played for the Yomiuri Giants were the first of Takahashi’s career.