Hideki Matsui: Godzilla’s New Island

Hideki Matsui, here in 2009, calls a new area home for baseball. Photo Credit: Keith Allison, Flickr.com
Hideki Matsui, here in 2009, calls a new area home for baseball. Photo Credit: Keith Allison, Flickr.com

If you ever look up the phrase “class act,” you can fit many faces in that expression. Former baseball player Hideki Matsui is among that list.

The 2009 World Series MVP played for two of the biggest franchises in all of baseball: the Yomiuri Giants and the New York Yankees. He called the Tokyo Dome and both Yankee Stadiums home.

Now, he calls a new area home. There’s new ground that he does battle in. And it’s none other than Randall’s Island?

Yes, Randall’s Island holds a plethora of parks for athletic competition. Baseball, softball, soccer and other sports are played in this small island. It rests in between Harlem in Manhattan and Astoria Park in Queens. North Brooklyn and the South Bronx surround this small island of wonders.

It also hosts sports camps, art events and gardens. But perhaps the latest buzz is Matsui playing baseball again.

The 41-year-old former outfielder joined New York City’s Nippon Club, a social club for Japanese immigrants dating back to 1905. They have a baseball league for weekend warriors.

Billy Witz of the New York Times first reported Matsui’s new team. Matsui sponsors his team and bats right-handed to make his games fair. He even pitches for his team.

And yet, Matsui continues to exemplify class.

He doesn’t want any credit. In fact, he politely declined an interview request from Witz.

That shows Hideki Matsui is more than just an ambassador. He’s a true gentleman. The man nicknamed Godzilla, King of the Monsters, is more than just a big name. He’s humble.

Hideki Matsui loves the game of baseball. He made changes to his game to make everyone around him more comfortable. That is a rarity in any sport, professional or amateur.

Hideki Matsui is the class act we all wish we could be. And Randall’s island is his new playground now.

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Yours Truly,

Sebastian Maldonado

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