Hideki ‘n Seek

capt_24606378a40d4be0bebc9fdfdcba002e_world_series_yankees_reax_nydg121.jpgWow! It’s all over folks. The 2009 baseball season is in the books and what a book it was! Naturally, I’m a little chagrined over the fact that we don’t get at least one more peek at baseball in a Game 7. But, after last night.. you just couldn’t top it anyway. So be it.

capt_ws27311050506_world_series_phillies_yankees_baseball_ws273.jpgHow about Hideki Matsui? I always refer to him as a Professional Hitter, because… well, that’s what he is. A DH. He hits, that’s it. Don’t take my word for it though:

“Matsui is one of my favorite players. He’s one of my favorite teammates. He comes ready to play every day. He’s a professional hitter.” – Derek Jeter

He was so good this World Series and yet, being the DH… he wasn’t in the forefront. He kind of played Peek-A-Boo with us. And he played Hide ‘n Seek with the ball!

668c3017a002a222b10f36273d808af9-getty-92343144cc043_philadelphia_.jpgHe was stellar during the first two games in NY. Then, as they whisked off to the NL park.. we only got to see him off the bench. One at bat in each game. Yet, all but one of those was productive.

Then came Game 6!

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“My first and foremost goal when I joined the Yankees was to win the world championship,” Matsui said. “I’m just happy that after all these years we were able to win and reach the goal that I had come here for.”

The Yankees’ 27th World Championship came on the bat of Hideki Matsui, their hired gun. Hiting behind Alex Rodriguez, he served as the protector… and the executioner of bad pitches. His lifetime stats off of Pedro Martinez were no fluke numbers.

b162b1629d1a62d338d2396b384e9de9-getty-92343144cc049_philadelphia_.jpgHe hit Pedro as though he was “His Daddy” everytime he swung the bat.

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Congratulations Mr. Hideki Matsui – 2009 World Series MVP – Yesterday’s Hitter!

I could go on and on about how fun it was to watch Hideki’s hectic swing… but alas, the season is over and we can only hope for Spring to get here quickly.

I hope you all have a wonderful Holiday season and bring your fandom to your team with some fervor in 2010.

Adios.

 

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11 comments

  1. Jonestein

    Great post, Buz, you have a lot more class than I. I do, however, also tip my cap to Matsui…he was 100% clutch out there last night. Our left coast better be on tsunami alert, cuz I’m betting Japan is swelling with pride right now.
    :^)
    –Jonestein
    http://jonestein.mlblogs.com

  2. juliasrants

    Matsui deserved the MVP award- he was not only on fire in game 6 but he was a consistent hitter throughout the season. And it is hard to believe that he might not be back with the Yankees next season. So are we not going to see you again until next season? If that is the case – a joyous and peaceful holiday season and New Year to you and yours Buz!

    Julia
    http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

  3. heartruss

    Great post!! If there was such a thing as an MVP from both teams, it would have to be Chase Utley for the Phillies as well as Hideki Matsui for the Yankees. Your “Yesterdays Hitter” was one of my favorites. I always looked forward to reading it everyday. Keep posting in the offseason. We all have become friends and I would miss everyone too much!
    http://catlovesthedodgers.mlblogs.com

  4. Jonah

    Great blog – I’m going to have to go to past entries for winter reading. Matsui and his Mizuno bat getting the acclaim and honours during this World Series was richly deserved. I wonder if he’ll stay with the Yankees?

    Jonah
    http://jonah77.mlblogs.com

  5. ibleedpinstripes

    I don’t think there’s anyone more fitting for the final “Yesterday’s Hitter” award of the ’09 season than Hideki. He’s made more than a case for the front office to reconsider signing him next season. What a series he had. What a Game 6 he had! Great blogging with ya this season, Buz!

    – Lisa
    http://perennialpinstriper.mlblogs.com/

  6. southernbelle

    Buz: Matsui was great. He really surprised me in that series. I wonder if he will be back next year. The Yankees have a lot of decisions to make about a lot of players. I hope there aren’t too many changes. We just won the World Series, making changes makes no sense.
    -Virginia
    http://southernbelle.mlblogs.com

  7. Elizabeth D

    Buz,
    I love the title of this post! I don’t know if I agree with him winning the MVP considering he was on the bench. Much as I HATE to say this, (I HATE IT) Damon could have won it. Ugh blasphemy. Excuse me while I go wash my mouth out with soap.
    Elizabeth
    http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

  8. King_of_New_York

    There have been reports that Matsui could play in the Red Sox’ outfield:
    1. He can’t play the outfield with his knees, or he would have in at least one of some of the three biggest games of the season in Philly.
    2. He’s not going to the Red Sox.
    http://bronx-awesome.mlblogs.com/

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