Godzilla Goes In!!!!!November 5, 2009
If this was the last game for Hideki Matsui in Pinstripes, then the Sayonara Kid went out with a bang! Matsui was locked in last night, owning Pedro Martinez all over the plate. He started with a 2-run second-deck bomb to put the Yankees ahead 2-0 in the 2nd. In the 3rd inning it was the same, as Matsui slipped behind 0-2, he bounces back with a 2-run rope to centerfield making it a 4-1 Yankee lead.
And that was that for Peter Martinez, who came into the game immediately throwing junk and looking vulnerable. Charlie Manuel thought he could cool the flame by inserting the left handed J.A Happ to counter Matsui. But it didn’t matter. Matsui crushed a 1-and-1 pitch into the right-center gap for a 2-run double that gave the Yankees a 7-1 lead, put the stamp on the MVP, and ultimately the World Series.
Matsui became the first full-time DH to win the MVP. Considering he didn’t even start Game 3-5 in Philly, that is remarkable. After last night’s thriller, Matsui finished with a playoff resume of .314 avg., 10 HR’s and 39 RBI’s.
My best memories of Matsui were his debut grand slam off the Twins in 2003. His hit off of Pedro in the 2003 ALCS to start the unbelievable rally. And now a 6-RBI World Series performance for the ages.
If this was indeed his last game as a Yankee, then all we as fans can say is thank you. He has cemented his legacy and earned a well deserved championship ring.