Hideki Matsui, who burst onto the scene in 2003 by hitting a grand slam in his first game at Yankee Stadium will retire as a New York Yankee.
Although Matsui has not played in the Major Leagues this season he will now have the opportunity to retire with the club that he started his Major League Career with. Matsui’s signing and retirement will officially take place on July 28, when the Yankees will honor the 2009 World Series MVP with a pre-game ceremony. The first 18,000 fans attending the game will receive a Hideki Matsui Bobble head.
Over the course of his seven seasons with the Yankees, Matsui hit .292 with 140 homeruns and 597 RBIs. Matsui’s Yankee career ended with a World Series ring in 2009 when the veteran outfielder took home World Series MVP honors after hitting .615 with 3 homeruns and 8 RBIs in the series.
In the series clincher, Matsui went 3-for-4 with a home run and six RBIs, tying Bobby Richardson and Albert Pujols for the most World Series RBIs in one game.
Yankee fans will remember Matsui for his clutch performances throughout his Yankee career, which came to a storybook end during the 2009 World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies.