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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Hideki Matsui Won $5,000 Bet with a Triple

The Angels are 71-74 and have become so bad that I stopped watching their games a month ago. Torii Hunter must be in the same boat because the outfielder had a little side wager going to keep things interesting. (OK, it sounds like the wager was made before the start of the season but it makes this story sound better).

Hunter scored from first on a triple by teammate Hideki Matsui during the second inning Wednesday. On his way to the dugout after scoring, Hunter noticed that Matsui had made it to third and apparently had a strange reaction. As he told the OC Register via Hardball Talk, he said “I was like, ‘What the …? Ah, hell no … I’m not talking to Matsui anymore.”

That’s because Hunter had bet $5,000 that Matsui and his bad knees wouldn’t have a triple the entire season. It may have taken 145 games and 443 at-bats but Matsui finally got his triple. Ironically enough, that’s one more than Torii has.

Torii Hunter lost $5,000 on Hideki Matsui’s triple last night [Hardball Talk]
Conger’s big-league debut a big success [OC Register]

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