Hideki Matsui Tosses BP to Minor Leaguers

August 9, 2013 – While in Trenton for Yankees Magazine night, I also spent some time with retired outfielder Hideki Matsui, who has been throwing batting practice to the Thunder and to the Staten Island Yankees (Single-A affiliate) this summer.

I interviewed the 2009 World Series MVP for a sidebar that will run with the minor league report in the September Issue of Yankees Magazine.

During our conversation, which took place a few minutes after Matsui threw a round of BP to Thunder players, he shared his thoughts on being back on the field.

“It’s nice to come out here,” Matsui said through his translator, Roger Kahlon. “It’s nice to throw to the young players and to contribute to their growth on the field. I can sense the aspiration that the young players have to reach their potential. It reminds me of myself when I was a young player. I was hungry to make it to the top.”

–Alfred Santasiere III

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