Sayonara Godzilla

Hideki Matsui, one of my favorite Yankees of the last decade, chooses to retire. From 2006, here are Matsui’s words regarding getting hurt playing baseball:

Immediately following surgery Friday to repair a broken wrist that will sideline him for at least three months, Hideki Matsui apologized for getting hurt.

Matsui was injured trying to make a diving catch in left field during the New York Yankees’ 5-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night. The broken radius bone ended his consecutive games played streak that dated to August 1993 and included 1,250 games with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan and 518 with the Yankees.

“Due to this injury, I feel very sorry and, at the same time, very disappointed to have let my teammates down,” Matsui said in a statement. “I will do my best to fully recover and return to the field to help my team once again.”

In the 2009 World Series against the Phillies, Matsui went 3-4 with a single, double and homer in what would be his final game as a Yankee, driving in six runs and winning the award of World Series MVP.

Hideki Matsui, baseball player.

1 comment… add one

  • Godzilla was a machine. One of my favorite Yankees of the last decade-plus for sure. I hope he comes back for Old Timers Day!

    I hope everyone had a great holiday season and New Years!

    krueg January 3, 2013, 6:32 pm

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