The crowd roared as Hideki Matsui rounded the bases after hitting his first major league home run. Just one game into his Yankee Stadium career, he made team history.
Matsui became the first Yankee to hit a grand slam in his first game at baseball's most storied stadium, leading New York to a 7-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins yesterday.
"I never dreamed of it," Matsui said. "Certainly I feel a little relief."
Andy Pettitte (2-0) improved to 3-0 in home openers and Robin Ventura homered as the Yankees won on a 35-degree day. The opener was snowed out Monday but the grounds crew worked all night to get the field in shape.
Matsui made it worthwhile, with a nice play in the field and his home run.
"That was a very special moment," Bernie Williams said. "I'm sure a lot of people in Japan were jumping up and down."
After Williams was intentionally walked to load the bases with one out in the fifth, Matsui worked the count full against Joe Mays (1-1) as fans chanted "Mat-su-i! Mat-su-i!"
Matsui then hit a drive into the right field bleachers, drawing a thunderous ovation from the crowd of 33,109, which included his parents and brother.
After Jason Giambi took weeks to win over the Yankee Stadium crowd last season, Matsui did it in one game.
"Right now, I can't really sense that," Matsui said through an interpreter. "Maybe later in the season I can look back and say that was the moment, when I hit the home run, that I was a Yankee."
* BLUE JAYS 8, RED SOX 4: Carlos Delgado homered and had four RBI as host Toronto won its fourth straight.
Delgado hit a two-run single off Derek Lowe (1-1) in the third inning and a two-run homer off Alan Embree in the seventh, giving Toronto a 7-4 lead.
* WHITE SOX 5, INDIANS 3: Jose Valentin hit a run-scoring single and Frank Thomas added a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning as Chicago spoiled Cleveland's home opener.
* MARINERS 5, ANGELS 0: Jamie Moyer allowed four hits in seven innings as Seattle beat Anaheim to give Manager Bob Melvin a victory in his first home game. John Olerud went 2 for 3 with two RBI.
* ATHLETICS 2, RANGERS 1: Barry Zito (2-0) struck out seven and allowed just one run over seven innings for his 10th straight victory, leading visiting Oakland.
* ROYALS-TIGERS: Kansas City's game in Detroit was postponed because of six inches of snow and freezing rain a day earlier. No makeup day has been set, the Tigers said.