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12-27-2012, 12:34 PM
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Happy Trails Godzilla: Hideki Matsui Retires

http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/20...is-retirement/

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Hideki Matsui will announce his retirement tonight, according to Sankei Sports. He was one of the classiest players I ever covered.

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12-27-2012, 12:38 PM
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He retires with a line of .282, 175 HR, 760 RBI, and a 360 OBP in 1,236 major league games.

He is to date the only Japanese-born player in MLB history to capture a World Series MVP award.

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One of mine as well.

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Hard not to like him, even when he was with the Yankees. God speed Godzilla.

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As a young moderator growing up in MSN Gaming Zone my handle was "HMatsui55" to tribute the great one

It is a shame his career post-Yankee was irrelevant

Some will talk about his collection but I want to talk about another story. When I was reading Joe Torre's great book (a must-read for any Yankee fan!) I remember him getting fired up and yelling profanities during a meeting

Just so out of character

All the Yankees started laughing

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As a young moderator growing up in MSN Gaming Zone my handle was "HMatsui55" to tribute the great one

It is a shame his career post-Yankee was irrelevant

Some will talk about his collection but I want to talk about another story. When I was reading Joe Torre's great book (a must-read for any Yankee fan!) I remember him getting fired up and yelling profanities during a meeting

Just so out of character

All the Yankees started laughing
Ichiro does the same thing, I think. I've heard he gets Ray Lewis-fired up before All-Star Games even.

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A thrilla by Godzilla! I loved hearing that line except for the 2009 World Series. Had a very good career.

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12-28-2012, 07:44 PM
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One of my favorite memories of Matsui:

I was at his first game back as an Angel. We got to see him get his ring and the whole team mobbed him producing this now famous image...



Then he hit a homerun in his first at-bat and 50,000 people stood up as one and gave him a standing ovation. Cheering for a former Yankee when he hits a homer is commonplace, but I've never liked it, and until then never participated. This was different. This was Matsui. I stood up and cheered this time.

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Then he hit a homerun in his first at-bat and 50,000 people stood up as one and gave him a standing ovation. Cheering for a former Yankee when he hits a homer is commonplace, but I've never liked it, and until then never participated. This was different. This was Matsui. I stood up and cheered this time.
I remember when Vernon Wells came back as an Angel for the 1st time. Such a nice person, you couldn't not give him a standing O when he came to the plate for the first time. VERY first pitch in the at-bat, BOOM, straight center field. Everyone in the stands had a smile on their face. Hilarious. And that would be the last home run he would ever hit lol.

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I remember when Vernon Wells came back as an Angel for the 1st time. Such a nice person, you couldn't not give him a standing O when he came to the plate for the first time. VERY first pitch in the at-bat, BOOM, straight center field. Everyone in the stands had a smile on their face. Hilarious. And that would be the last home run he would ever hit lol.
I've since warmed up to the idea of giving former members of the team their due. Not just cause of Matsui, but in general, the 2009 title calmed me down quite a bit.

I used to be so much more of a vile, jaded fan. I saw four titles from '96-'00 but I was born in '91. They're just not the same when you're a little kid. As I grew and started to understand the game more and appreciate what those championships meant I wanted nothing more than to have "my own" championship as I called it. Then came 8 years of playoff failure, so I felt a little snakebit and I hated everything

This was a good time for me. 2009 was finally "my" championship and it was like a monkey off my back. Now I'm less high strung and appreciate the little things more (like division titles and such), and I get more out of the regular season these days.

This was like the culmination of that transformation for me, so it's a big moment. I certainly understand it now, so I can definitely understand showing Vernon some love. He was a great Jay.

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Matsui like all former Yankees absolutely killed them after he left. I started getting really annoyed actually lol, but very hard not to love Matsui. Btw, I'd bet my life savings Swisher kills Yankee pitching next year.

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Matsui was a good A. Very professional in his year here. He was a much more effective player once Beane fired that clown Bob Geren and hired Bob Melvin (I could say that about a lot of the A's players).

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Good memories:

Edit: HF can't embed the video, but MLB.com has Matsui's 6-RBI game with John Sterling's radio calls.

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Wow, that video is still emotional for me. What a night.

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Wow, that video is still emotional for me. What a night.
Yup, my top night as a Yankee fan. I'm only a bit older than you so I feel the same way, the late 90s were fun, but they weren't mine and I didn't appreciate them. That whole 2009 season was so special, and watching Matsui stake them to a big lead early so that all of Game 6 felt like a celebration was perfect. Plus I lived in Philly at the time so trolling Phillies fans that series was a blast.

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Yup, my top night as a Yankee fan. I'm only a bit older than you so I feel the same way, the late 90s were fun, but they weren't mine and I didn't appreciate them. That whole 2009 season was so special, and watching Matsui stake them to a big lead early so that all of Game 6 felt like a celebration was perfect. Plus I lived in Philly at the time so trolling Phillies fans that series was a blast.
My personal favorite part is that they rocked Pedro.

The Yankees were his daddy, right to his final pitch.

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My personal favorite part is that they rocked Pedro.

The Yankees were his daddy, right to his final pitch.
It's funny, I'm superstitious when it comes to sports, so I never like to admit confidence. It's a jinx. But part of me, deep down, was already popping the champagne when I realized Pedro was starting.

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