Hideki Matsui reopens baseball clinic, in awe of Shohei Ohtani

Hideki Matsui reopens baseball clinic, in awe of Shohei Ohtani

All eyes had been on the baseball because it traveled excessive within the air, hovering over the right-field fence and past the bushes. Oohs and aahs had been adopted by applause.

Hideki Matsui smiled and gave a thumbs as much as the children and their dad and mom. Ten years after he retired from baseball, “Godzilla” can nonetheless go deep. Extra importantly to him, nonetheless, had been the 2 hours that preceded his temporary batting follow, a baseball clinic for youngsters he hosted Saturday morning at Blind Brook Excessive Faculty in Rye Brook.

“The children, simply their smiles, all people having fun with the day, that’s actually what counts for me,” the previous Yankees star stated by an interpreter.

Yankee legend Hideki Matsui held a workshop for younger ballplayers on Saturday at Blind Brook Excessive Faculty in Rye BrookRobert Sabo

Previous to the COVID-19 pandemic, Matsui ran clinics in New York and Japan a number of instances a 12 months. This was his first one for the reason that pandemic. However he’s hoping to do extra now to remain lively and unfold his love for the game. After the clinic, he took questions from children and signed autographs.

“Hopefully we are able to begin doing this and get again on an everyday schedule,” stated Matsui, a two-time All-Star and World Sequence champion with the Yankees who blasted 175 dwelling runs throughout his 10-year MLB profession. “I performed in Japan and the U.S. For me, it’s a extremely easy idea: By means of this clinic, I wish to work together and simply have all people benefit from the day, benefit from the clinic, take pleasure in enjoying baseball. Hopefully, that’s one thing they’ll [remember] and proceed to play baseball.”

Yankee legend Hideki Matsui held a workshop for younger ballplayers on Saturday.Robert Sabo

Hideki MatsuiRobert Sabo

Nowadays, the 48-year-old Matsui is having fun with retirement. He’s not working for the Yankees, after he lately frolicked as a particular adviser to normal supervisor Brian Cashman, and is devoting himself to his two youngsters. Matsui, who nonetheless lives within the space and watches the Yankees quite a bit, stated he thinks they will go far in October.

He additionally follows Japanese countryman Shohei Ohtani and is amazed at what the Angels’ two-way star has been capable of do since coming to America 4 years in the past.

“He’s an unbelievable participant. He’s doing one thing that’s by no means actually been executed earlier than, as a pitcher and a place participant, and doing them at a really excessive degree,” Matsui stated. “That in itself, is already unbelievable. What he’s doing is extraordinary.”

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