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Matsui's homer arrives on time

Yankees' outfielder arrives to park late, but comes up with big homer in Game 2 win

Originally Published: October 29, 2009
By Jorge Arangure Jr. | ESPN The Magazine

NEW YORK -- It has almost become part of Japanese folklore that Hideki Matsui, on days that he is late to the ballpark, atones for his mistake by hitting a home run. At approximately 4:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, the Yankees took the field in preparation for Game 2 of the World Series and Matsui was missing.

The team stretched on the grass, untangling their arms and legs in a series of exercises until they were limber enough to head to batting practice. Still no Matsui. The first group took ...

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