Matsui mashes his way to MVP award
Yankees, slugger could say sayonara despite brilliant Series, Game 6 performance
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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