Yankees invited Hideki Matsui to Spring Training…

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…as a guest instructor according to Dan Barbarisi. Matsui, who retired in December, declined the invitation because Mrs. Godzilla is due to give birth to Baby Godzilla in the not too distant future. I’m guessing we won’t have to wait very long to see Hideki back with the team though, there’s Spring Training and an Old Timers’ Day every year.

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  • Kvothe

    I’ve got a picture of the little rascal…. [Insert drawing of an asian baby.]

  • Jd

    Gamera

    • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

      No silly, Godzuki.

      Gamera was a turtle.

      • Peter Lacock

        Actually,

        1st child = Tadzilla

        Godzuki cums later

        • Dale Mohorcic

          Ick

  • Havok9120

    Sweet! I’d love to see Hideki stick around the franchise in the future.

  • dalelama

    Now that is Yankee great. It has been straight downhill since he carried us to our last WS title.

    • Jersey Joe

      I almost screamed trolling about that comment, but then I realized it’s true. That ruined my day.

      • Havok9120

        No, it’s really not.

    • Get Phelps Up

      3 playoff appearances and 2 ALCS appearances =/= straight downhill.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        AND IT WAS ALL MATSUI.

        • Pat D

          He did single handedly win Game 6.

      • Jim Is Bored

        I wonder what dalelama would call missing the playoffs 3 straight years, if this is “straight downhill” to him.

      • Dale Mohorcic

        From a World Series win I guess any other result is downhill.

    • steve (different one)

      1) Complain when Yankees let go of really old guys
      2) complain that Yankees are too old
      3) ???
      4) profits!

  • Bo Knows

    That baby will be the Baseball equivalent of John Henry, born with a bat in his hand ready for his future in the Bronx

    • Havok9120

      The Legend of Godzilla Junior’s Bat?

    • Pat D

      I had to re-read this 3 times before I realized you meant folk legend John Henry.

      I fail.

      • Havok9120

        Johnny Cash is most displeased with you.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Free porn for all the non-roster invites!

  • lou in the bronx

    Oh the memories of “hit-deki” a great man with an amazing pornographic collection.

    • Laz

      55,000 is insane.

      • RetroRob

        I agree. Insane. I draw the line at 50,001.

  • RetroRob

    I wonder if this means he’s staying on this side of the world and not moving back to Japan. Hoping he can find a place in the Yankee organization. One of my favorites from the past twenty years.

    • Havok9120

      They live in New York as I recall and didn’t seem too keen on leaving if I remember his retirement press conference correctly.

  • marc

    The baseball gods will never forgive the lousy deal that the Yankees gave Matsui at the end of the 2009 season. We could have had a DH who hit tape measure home runs, Clutch home runs, hit for power and average, kept his mouth shut, was a 110% Yankee and even held a press conference to apologize to the fans and team when he broke his wrist. And after 6 RBI in the World Series, cast him aside like a used rag.

    And we could have gotten him signed for only 3 million dollars.

    Godzilla- you deserved better.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Not re-signing him was hardly the reason they lost in 2010.

  • bryan

    The san fran giants own the baseball world now, and you loser Yankee fans will never get it back!!

  • EDM

    Yanks didn’t let Matsui go, HE LEFT TO PLAY THE OUTFIELD! Yanks never even got a chance to negotiate with him. With his knee and wrist problems, Yanks knew him playing an OF position was a no go. I luv the guy but his last 3 yrs of failure are on him. Same with Damon.