Wow. If this is true, Spring Training could be pretty different this year.
Masumi Kuwata arrived in Florida and when a gaggle of 40 Japanese press turned up to meet him there other passengers began asking if he was Daisuke Matsuzaka. One woman asked for an autograph and Kuwata reportedly wrote on it in english, "I'm not famous. Just a Japanese baseball player."Kuwata shouldn't make the team, but it's hard not to like a player who doesn't have an overblown ego. By the way, if there are going to be throngs of Japanese reporters following Kuwata around, the money the Pirates paid for him will probably be well spent. Forty reporters will equal a bunch of Japanese publicity for the Pirates.