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Matsui mashes his way to MVP award

Yankees, slugger could say sayonara despite brilliant Series, Game 6 performance

Originally Published: November 4, 2009
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Hideki Matsui left his native Japan for an exciting new adventure in early 2003. He wanted to play Major League Baseball, but more important, he wanted to be a New York Yankee and wear the uniform of his professional icon, Babe Ruth.

The experiment worked out wonderfully for all involved. The Yankees paid Matsui the handsome sum of $73 million in two contracts covering six years, and Matsui returned the favor by giving the team professionalism, a reliable left-handed ...

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