Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 5/5/13
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 o...
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

James Harden sets a new NBA record

New info shows just how much Las Vegas wants Raiders

Report: Patriots, Revis have not discussed possible reunion

Reporter: Giants 'would not go near' Adrian Peterson

Popovich: Owners interfering with player rest is risky

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Michael Irvin weighs in on Ezekiel Elliott's recent behavior

Oregon headed to first Final Four in 78 years as Jordan Bell & Tyler Dorsey dominate Kansas

This is the Gonzaga we’ve been waiting for

Jets won’t rule out selecting another QB in 2017 NFL Draft

Rougned Odor threw a cup of water into Felix Hernandez’s face on the field

Michael Irvin rips Texans for not trading for Tony Romo

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Box Score 3/24: Waiting on West Virginia

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

With Team USA's victory, World Baseball Classic (finally) lived up to its potential

The NFL distraction playbook

Which Sweet 16 team should you be rooting for?

The Aesthetic: The world of player exclusive sneakers

Lingering issues for each 2016 MLB postseason team

Box Score 3/23: Team USA wins their first WBC title

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

The NFL distraction playbook

With Team USA's victory the WBC (finally) lived up to its potential

The Aesthetic: The world of player exclusive sneakers

Which Sweet 16 team should you be rooting for?

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Steph Curry pushes OKC's buttons

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker