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Waiting for GODZILLA
Tom Verducci
January 27, 2003
Slugger Hideki Matsui makes his dramatic debut in Gotham
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January 27, 2003

Waiting For Godzilla

Slugger Hideki Matsui makes his dramatic debut in Gotham

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TELLEM (V.O.)
I'm like Henry Kissinger now. Camera crews come by just to see my office.

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EXT. YANKEE STADIUM—JANUARY 10, 2003
Matsui walks onto the field for the first time, accompanied again by his buddy Hirooka. CAMERA PULLS BACK TO REVEAL a panoramic view of the empty ballpark. The wind whispers.

HIROOKA
So. What do you think?

MATSUI
(shaking his head in wonder)
Wow. Wow.

The two begin to play catch.

MATSUI
The Japanese ball is smaller. These seams are bigger.

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INT. A MANHATTAN PHOTO STUDIO—DAY Matsui is dressed in tailored shirt and slacks. Through the windows of the studio, the Hudson River and the Statue of Liberty are visible.

MATSUI
I was on the top in Japan. I can accept any result that happens. What I want to do is adjust to playing here in the major leagues. Only if you try can your dream come true.

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