Japanese legendary slugger Shigeo Nagashima (2nd R) swings at a pitch from former Yomiuri Giants and New York Yankees slugger Hideki Matsui (front R), as current Yomiuri Giants manager and former player Tatsunori Hara (2nd L) catches and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) umpires, during a ceremony at the Tokyo Dome on May 5, 2013. Matsui and Nagashima were presented the 'People's Honour Award' from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the ceremony at the Tokyo Dome stadium. Nagashima, 77, venerated in Japan as a national hero, played and managed the Yomiuri Giants.
I played for excellent teams, with excellent teammates, for excellent managers in front of excellent fans ... I did my best to lift up, even a little bit, the game of baseball that is so beloved by the people of Japan.
I think everybody is aware of what this organization thinks of Hideki Matsui. He’s a wonderful man, he was a wonderful player. Did a lot for the New York Yankees in his time here, and represented us very, very well. I think from the Yankees standpoint, we’d like to congratulate him because he’s a man who deserves a great honor.More quotes »
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