Matsui's uncertain offseason begins
World Series MVP says he hopes to return to Yankees
NEW YORK -- Minutes after topping his career with a World Series title on Wednesday, Hideki Matsui addressed the thousands still in attendance at Yankee Stadium, professing his love for both the city and the team.
"I love New York," he said. "I love the Yankees. I love the fans here."Yet, Matsui, with an expired contract and an uncertain future, may not be able to return. Asked after Friday's ticker-tape parade whether he might continue to play in New York, Matsui softened his previous words -- "I hope so" -- to reflect the uncertainty of the offseason. "At this point, I don't really have an answer to that question," Matsui said. "I think anything is possible at this point right now." Matsui used the same answer when discussing a return to the Yankees, a potential contract with another Major League team or even a homecoming in Japan. Asked whether he would consider a deal with the Yankees if it meant he would have to remain a full-time designated hitter, Matsui politely held his ground.
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.