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Hideki Matsui Is The First Japanese-Born World Series MVP

November 4th, 2009 | 1 comment | Posted by Jen

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Congratulasians to Hideki Matsui, who was named World Series MVP after the Yankees finished off the Phillies, 7-3, in six Wednesday. Matsui, whose nickname is “Godzilla” in Japan, had a monster night in the Series clincher–he homered, doubled, and singled while tying the record for most RBI (6) in a World Series game. The 35 year-old hit .615 in the Series overall.

Matsui is the first Japanese-born baseball player to receive the Most Valuable Player honor and described Wednesday night as “the best moment of my life right now.”  It also may have been his last moment as a Yankee, since he’s reached the end of a four year-contract with the team.

So what’s next for the Japanese outfielder/DH?

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SPORTS ILLUSTRASIAN: What Do You Call The Rookie Hazing Of Junichi Tazawa?

September 18th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen


Also “adorable,” but y’all know how we feel about drag queens.

[WBZ: 2009 Red Sox Rookies In Drag]
[via Center Field]
[photo via Sox & Dawgs]

Thanks, Dave! Go Sox!

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BABEWATCH: Junichi Tazawa

April 7th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Name: Junichi Tazawa

Age: 22

Hails from: Yokohama, Japan

Occupation: Baseball pitcher

Why He’s a Babe: When the 22 year-old Red Sox right-hander pitches, his eyes get wide and his lips press together in a line, and he kinda looks like an adorable Sanrio character. But though the MLB newbie has a sweet baby face, there’s nothing babyish about his stuff, including his 97 mph-fastball that first impressed MLB scouts. “Taz” may have just been sent down to the Sox’s double-A farm team, the Portland Sea Dogs, because he’s still wet behind the ears, but we predict it won’t be long before we see his cute mug crop up in the bigs.


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