Posted December 28, 2012 by DJ Enuff in Sports

Yankee Great Hideki Matsui ‘Godzilla’ Retires

Hideki Matsui hoists up the 2009 World Series MVP Trophy after helping the Yankees win the World Championship.

“Ten years ago, [when he said he was coming to the U.S.], I said I would give it my best,” Matsui said in Japanese during a nearly hour-long press conference. “Today puts a period on that.”

“During this season, I did not think about retirement, but afterwards, I did,” Matsui said. “I didn’t choose [to keep playing in Japan] because I was not confident I would be able to perform like I did when I left 10 years ago.” – nypost

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The 2009 NY Yankees World Series MVP, and longtime Yankee Hideki Matsui AKA “Godzilla” announced his retirement on Thursday at a press conference on the 19th floor of the Kitano Hotel in mid-town Manhattan. Matsui made sure he made his announcement in NY after playing his first seven seasons (in MLB) with the Yankees and winning a chip there. Matsui, 38, actually played 20 seasons of baseball: 10 in Japan and 10 in MLB, and hit a combined 507 homeruns! Check out some highlight videos below!

Matsui was already a huge baseball superstar in Japan, and played a decade for Yomiuri Giants (pic above) before coming over to the Yankees in 2003. As a major leaguer, Matsui hit .282 with 175 homeruns; including short stints with the Oakland Athletics, the LA Angels, and the Tampa Bay Rays. In fact, the Rays cut Matsui on Aug. 1 which led to his quick decision. Check out the Japanese All-Star Game in 1996 on video below; Matsui almost batted against then pitcher current-Yankee Ichiro Suzuki! Suzuki pitched up to 90 mph, but also hit .500 so he later switched to a hitter!

Hideki Matsui “Godzilla” Montage of Yankees-Angels highlights:


2009 World Series MVP Hideki Matsui – NY Yankees Victory Parade:


Yankees Parade and Highlights from Game 6 of the 2009 World Series:


1996 Japanese All-Star Game: Ichiro Suzuki almost pitches (?) to Matsui: