3.28.2008so matsui snuck off to get hitched, and hilarity ensued:
“We’ve got a bet going,” Matsui replied. “If he doesn’t get married within a year, I win the bet. Basically the bet was, whoever gets married first wins. Jeter said he himself doesn’t have a girlfriend, so he’s getting a one-year handicap.”
Back in the clubhouse, we found Jeter and told him the news about Matsui. Jeter, who loves to say that he’s never surprised by anything, was genuinely shocked. Turns out Matsui had played him for a fool.
“That’s not hilarious, that’s sad, that’s real sad,” Jeter said. “If he wanted the money, all he had to do was ask. He didn’t really have to do it.”
You see, Jeter explained, this all started as a bet between Jeter and another Yankee bachelor, Bobby Abreu. Matsui heard about it and said he wanted in. Jeter knew Matsui had a girlfriend, but he added, “I didn’t know he was gonna get married this spring.”
Abreu sauntered into the clubhouse, heard about Matsui’s marriage and broke up laughing. He also admitted defeat quickly, saying he’ll write Matsui a check. (We couldn’t find out how much the winner gets.)[bats]
those wacky kids!