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Godzilla Matsui is retiring. Great ball player, memorable Yankee.

He’ll be remembered with fondness around these parts.


1 thelarmis   ~  Dec 27, 2012 2:15 pm

Upper Deki!!!

loved that guy. what a career...on both sides of the globe!

2 Sliced Bread   ~  Dec 27, 2012 2:42 pm

Solid Yankee. Lots of big home runs. Hard to believe it's been a decade since he landed here, but I remember it like it was yesterday. Very exciting acquisition.
I'll never forget his apology after he got hurt, ending his consecutive game streak, and his final World Series in '09.

3 Chyll Will   ~  Dec 27, 2012 3:07 pm

He goes down as one of the great fan favorites. I would have been okay with him trailing off for a year or two after the WS on our team, but something tells me that wouldn't really have happened; he'd be hitting in the clutch until the last day and walk off a hero.

4 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Dec 27, 2012 5:06 pm


What a class act.

A real class act.

5 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Dec 27, 2012 7:06 pm

In a sport that too many people view as a manichean debate between "the numbers" and "the intangibles," one simple distinction rises above it all: good guy. There goes one of the goodest. Thanks for the memories and best of luck.

6 Alex Belth   ~  Dec 27, 2012 7:53 pm

Derek Jeter: “I’ve said it numerous times over the years, but it’s worth repeating now. I’ve had a lot of teammates over the years with the Yankees, but I will always consider Hideki one of my favorites. The way he went about his business day in and day out was impressive. Despite being shadowed by a large group of reporters, having the pressures of performing for his fans both in New York and Japan and becoming acclimated to the bright lights of New York City, he always remained focused and committed to his job and to those of us he shared the clubhouse with. I have a lot of respect for Hideki. He was someone we counted on a great deal and he’s a big reason why we became World Champions in 2009.”

7 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Dec 27, 2012 8:47 pm

[6] You left out the last bit of that quote: "And Yo, that Japanese porn he passed me is WACK!"

さよなら、松井さん! Huge news over here, of course.

8 Dimelo   ~  Dec 27, 2012 9:14 pm

Class act all the way. He fit this city and team like a glove. When nobody says a bad word about you, then you know you've done a lot of things right.

Now all that's left for him to do and make his life complete, a guest guest appearance on Casting Couch.

9 bags   ~  Dec 27, 2012 9:24 pm

ah. he's a favorite. really liked that guy.

(jeez, i shouldn't refer to him in the past tense.)

but i was always a fan. seemed like a good guy.

10 Chyll Will   ~  Dec 27, 2012 9:24 pm

[7] Pixelation is teh suck.

11 Mattpat11   ~  Dec 27, 2012 10:27 pm

I'd like to see him take a job with the Yankees somewhere.

12 thelarmis   ~  Dec 27, 2012 11:33 pm

[11] i'm guessing not right field, though. ; )

hey mattpat - how did you make out in long beach? i was thinkin' bout you. i drove through your town over turkey day and it was still pretty devastated. my parents had friends from there stay with them for 10 days. hope you and your fam were/are OK!!!

13 thelarmis   ~  Dec 27, 2012 11:42 pm

Mats shoulda won ROY in '03. they gave it to angel berroa, most likely out of anti-yankee bias.


14 Boatzilla   ~  Dec 28, 2012 5:26 am

Got misty-eyed while watching the presser this morning.

15 Chyll Will   ~  Dec 28, 2012 10:03 am

[13] Don't knock it, he is the 64th greatest Royals player ever after all... and our bench manager was the one who made the decision that changed his season and propelled him to Rookie of the Year. The New Jersey Jackals are privileged to have a guy of that pedigree on their roster >;)

16 YankeeAbby   ~  Dec 28, 2012 2:19 pm

[14] - Hey Boat...ya got a link to that press conference?

17 oncewent3for2   ~  Dec 29, 2012 1:05 pm

Yankees considering one-day contract for Matsui to appear in a farewell at the Stadium.
Japanese paper (Hochi) quoted an unnamed source with the above.

18 Boatzilla   ~  Dec 30, 2012 3:25 am

Sorry, Abby. I watched it live on the morning new that my wife has eternally on. I don't even know what station it was. Try the NHK website.

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