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Hideki Matsui signed a one-day minor-league contract with the New York Yankees early before Sunday's ceremony honoring the popular former player with a Bobblehead Day against the Tampa Bay Rays. Matsui then signed his retirement papers during a pre-game ceremony on the field so he would retire as a New York Yankee.
The pre-game festivities included a video tribute to Godzilla on the Yankee Stadium center field video board, a ride in a golf cart down the third base line, and a matted and framed 2009 No. 55 Yankees jersey presented to Matsui by Derek Jeter. His mother and father joined the 2009 World Series MVP on the field. Matsui capped off the ceremony by throwing out the first pitch.
Hideki Matsui signs 1-day contract with #Yankees: pic.twitter.com/cjfLJHcNYq
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 28, 2013
Matsui played 11 seasons in MLB, seven with New York. The left-handed slugger hit .282/.360/.462 with 175 home runs.
Yankee fans might be even happier than Matsui that he retired in pinstripes. He is still one class guy.
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Hideki Matsui has re-signed with the New York Yankees and retired with his first major league team.
The 2009 World Series MVP signed a minor league contract Sunday in front of dozens of Japanese and American media and New York general manager Brian Cashman and assistant GM Jean Afterman.
The 39-year-old Matsui then put his signature to his official Major League Baseball retirement...
Hideki Matsui did great things for the New York Yankees, so it’s only right that he retired as one. In 11 seasons with the Bronx Bombers, Matsui had a line of .282/.360/.462 with 175 home runs.
Hideki Matsui signs a one day minor league deal with Yanks and then retires as a Yankee pic.twitter.com/sSfdy2UP2Y
— Michael Kay (@RealMichaelKay) July 28, 2013
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