Photo of Hideki Matsui holding up a drawing of his wife by the AP

Hideki Matsui is sneakier than he looks. First, he disappears Wednesday to get married. On Thursday, it transpired that earlier this year, Matsui, while already engaged, had joined a bet with Derek Jeter and Bobby Abreu, two other Yankees bachelors. The three would award the prize to the one that got married first. Matsui won, tying the knot with his girlfriend, a woman he said is "a 25-year-old civilian and had formerly been working in a reputable position at a highly respected company. I cannot go into further details at this current time." Such mystery!

As for the bet, Jeter wasn't pleased he got played for the 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.” Technically, Jeter has a year to get married himself -- Abreu has only six months because he has a girlfriend -- but his only hope of keeping his money is to extort Matsui. Jeter knows the name of the anonymous bride, and he said he'll reveal it if Matsui doesn't fork over the money. But he also told reporters, “I got one year? No chance. I’ll give him the money today. That’s pretty good. How do you say sneaky in Japanese?"

Abreu already conceded. Should his girlfriend be worried about a fear of commitment? Should women in New York be even more on the lookout for Jeter?