The Yankees' own new addition, Jerry Hairston Jr., filled in perfectly at third base, fielding well and posting a productive 2-for-5 day including an RBI single and an RBI double. And then of course Matsui, who has seen his playing time limited recently, obviously held down the DH role in a more than adequate fashion. The offensive provided by these two "part-time players" allowed the Yanks to not miss a beat with their rhythmically and methodically efficient offense or their starting catcher and third basemen.
Beating up on the Seattle Mariners is nothing for the Yankees to get excited about beyond the further growth of their first place cushion. But considering the game from an international perspective and seeing the elite Japanese players and the enthusiastic Japanese fans, it is very apparent what a multinational game baseball is becoming. The increased fanbase and wider connection to various cultures are vitally important because, in a time when all sports face economic hardship, a meaningless Thursday game suddenly has meaning to a whole new nation of fans, which can only help the stability of the game's future.