Matsui, who is 38 years old, has had an excellent 10-year Major League stint and a sensational 10-year career in Japan before that. It looks as if his career is over. Very sad. But it's not that sad. Baseball has been very good to Hideki Matsui, and he'll be able to retire in style.
His former Yankee teammates had nothing but good things to say about him yesterday. Someone who was not his teammate also had good things to say about him: Ichiro Suzuki. Rumors have been swirling for years now that the two Japanese superstars dislike each other and never speak. Jon Heyman tweeted the following the other day:
Whether that is true or not, Ichiro took the high road yesterday:
"He obviously played a long time here at the Yankees. Obviously, he had to play well for a long time and was consistent, but not just as a player.
Very well said, Ichiro. I wish nothing but the best to Hideki Matsui wherever he goes and whatever he decides to do.
Bye bye, Godzilla.