INT. MANHATTAN HOTEL ROOM—JANUARY 14
Matsui, surrounded by his agent and YANKEES STAFFERS, puts pen to a three-year, $21 million contract.
INT. YANKEES TICKET OFFICE
Phones ring incessandy as harried TEAM PRESIDENT RANDY LEVINE and CLUB EMPLOYEES field ticket requests.
We're seeing a pretty good increase in ticket sales among Japanese fans. There have been strong expressions of interest among Japanese companies that want to sponsor stadium signage and other things. I'm also on the board of the New York City Convention and Visitors Bureau. They're already reporting interest from Japanese tour groups. I can't quantify it, but he's already had a tremendous impact.
EXT. MANHATTAN STREET
Tires squeal. A van filled with Japanese journalists chases a van containing Matsui, Yankees SECURITY PERSONNEL and a REAL ESTATE WOMAN who wants to show her new client apartments in midtown. The security men enlist the NYPD for help. The officers block a street after allowing Matsui's van through. ZOOM IN ON THE FRUSTRATED FACES of the journalists in the stopped van.
INT. TIMES SQUARE HOTEL
A dozen Yankees security officers await Matsui's arrival.
Saturday has entered the building.
Matsui and his entourage enter the hotel through a very private entrance.