The Yankees treat Matsui like a head of state. At least three security officers escort him at all times. They give Matsui the code name Saturday. Hirooka is given the code name Friday.
A smiling Matsui, now standing at the ballroom podium, pulls a Yankees cap over his mop of black hair. FAST ZOOM to the cap's band, showing the size: 7¾.
Stretched, the cap barely fits Godzilla. The Yankees will need to special order his regular size eight.
CAMERA PULLS BACK TO REVEAL 400 journalists now filling the ballroom.
Four television stations carry the press conference live in Japan, though it is two o'clock in the morning there. The Yankees plan to erect a tent during spring training to accommodate daily Matsui press conferences. During the season the team may employ an auxiliary locker room to serve the expected 50 Japanese journalists on the Matsui beat.
CAMERA FINDS Agent Tellem working the crowd.
He's ready. The toughest part will be how his teammates react to questions every day about Matsui.
CAMERA FOLLOWS Matsui, still smiling, as he departs, flanked by his security.
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The camera slowly pulls back on Times Square.