Found May 05, 2013 on
Former New York Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui received the People's Honor Award from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at an elaborate ceremony at Tokyo Dome on Sunday.
Matsui and his former manager with the Yomiuri Giants, Shigeo Nagashima, received the award, which is bestowed on those who have made significant achievements in their careers and are beloved by the public.
''I played for excellent teams, with excellent teammates, for excellent managers in front of excellent fans,'' Matsui said. ''I did my best to lift up, even a little bit, the game of baseball that is so beloved by the people of Japan.''
Late Prime Minister Takeo Fukuda created the award in 1977. Japanese home run king Sadaharu Oh, the first recipient, took part in Sunday's ceremony.
Matsui played seven seasons for the Yankees, and was the MVP of the 2009 World Series, before finishing his career with a season each for the Los Angeles Angels, the Oakland Athletics and the Tampa Bay Rays.
Other recipients of the award include film director Akira Kurosawa and Japan's women's national soccer team that won the World Cup in 2011.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Chris Bootcheck twirled another Masterpiece Theater yesterday - seven innings, one earned run - against Lena Durham, continuing his impending assault on the Scranton RailRider record books. That one earned run doubled his total on the year, ending his 11-inning zeros streak. And if the Disney Channel has a candidate for the miracle Yankees in 2013, make no mistake - it's...
It was about 18 months ago that the Yankees traded top prospect Jesus Montero for Mariners pitching phenom Michael Pineda.
Michael Pineda (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Pineda arrived to Spring Training with a bum shoulder that required surgery, which has barred him from throwing his first pitch in the Bronx.
Well that is all about to change, as GM Brian Cashman told ESPN New York that...
The New York Yankees have purchased the contract of right handed pitcher Preston Claiborne from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. To make room for him the organization has opted to designate right handed pitcher Cody Eppley for assignment. Claiborne is expected to pitch in middle-relief.
The post New York Yankees Purchase Reliever Preston Claiborne appeared first on FFLockerRoom...
New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte says he has no feel for his pitches after a second straight poor start. “Everything has been great in my [bullpen sessions]. But something is going on in the games,” Said Pettitte.
Phil Hughes pitched 8 scoreless for his first win. (Source: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Oakland Athletics 2 – New York Yankees 4
Phil Hughes put together his best start this season in today’s 4-2 win over the Oakland Athletics.
Phil Hughes started today’s game and was outstanding. Defense helped him right from the beginning. The first batter, John Jaso, almost went...
Which team do you think has been the most surprising in the American League to start the year? Which team would you think has been the most disappointing? I can give you a clue on who are my lead teams for both categories.
After a month of baseball not much has changed for a few teams in the American League from where they left off last season. In the AL Central the division leading...
The Yankees welcome the Oakland A’s into town tonight to begin a three-game weekend set. So far, New York has gone 6-1 on their current 10 game homestand, and look to CC Sabathia this evening to continue the winning trend. Going for Oakland will be righty A.J. Griffin. The Yankees also welcome in some new faces to the clubhouse; infielder Chris Nelson was acquired from the Rockies...
Updates with Escobar going to hospital for X-rays. With AP Photos. Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar left Saturday night's game against the Rockies after being hit on the left hand by a pitch from Colorado starter Jon Garland.
The team said Escobar was being taken to the hospital for X-rays.
Escobar immediately grabbed his arm after being struck by the 86 mph fastball...
Arod posted this picture on his Facebook page today as he prepared to head down to Tampa (Source: Alex Rodriguez – Facebook).
Although this year’s All-Star game will be held at Citi Field, it looks as if the festivities have moved down to the Yankees’ spring training complex in Tampa, Fla. Today, the injury-ridden-all-star Yankees descended on Florida for rehab, according to...
Pardon Chris Nelson if he takes a wrong turn inside the concrete hallways of Coors Field, heading straight toward the home clubhouse instead of veering left with his new team.
Hey, old routines are hard to break.
The New York Yankees infielder was a member of the Colorado Rockies until nine days ago, when he was designated for assignment to make room for prized prospect Nolan Arenado...
The Oakland A’s kicked off their longest road trip of the year, a ten-game trip that takes them through New York, Cleveland and Seattle, by taking two-of-three games this weekend from the New York Yankees at Yankee stadium.
Friday, May 3 – A’s Win 2-0
Oakland got things going with a 2-0 shutout Friday night behind A.J. Griffin, who out-dueled the Bay Area’s own C.C. Sabathia...
If Jason Nix didn't either hit a foul ball pop up caught by an infielder, or strike out, with Yankees in scoring position, we would have already won 6 more games instead of lost them.This guy should never be allowed to hit at an important moment in a game. His .200 BA was built by two out singles, with no one on, in games that were either already won or lost based upon unbalance...