Baseball‘s Hideki Matsui, the Japanese outfielder that was dubbed “Godzilla” in the U.S., has announced his retirement from the sport, bringing an end to a 20-year career. At 38 years old, Matsui was last playing with the Tampa Bay Rays, but the former New York Yankee has spent the last two decades playing ball in both the West, and in Japan for the Yomiuri Giants.
Matsui first came to the U.S. in 2003, and was later signed by the Yankees in a four-year career worth $52 million, making him the highest-paid Japanese baseball player at the time. After being awarded MVP in the 2009 World Series, the Ishikawa Prefecture native left New York and signed with the Los Angeles Angels for $6.5 million for one year. Then came one year with the Oakland Athletics. During his 10 seasons in the major leagues, Matsui hit 175 homers and drove in 760 runs spanning 1,236 games.
Several years ago, Matsui also made headlines for sometime other than playing baseball: having a huge personal collection of pornography. Openly admitting his fondness for collecting tapes, Japanese reporters often described how he would make trades with them before he even went to play ball in the U.S. No one knows exactly how much he has, but the most recent information puts his stash at an incredible 55,000 videos. Looks like he’ll finally have time to watch them all.
[via Chicago Tribune]