Baseball: Japan's Hideki Matsui officially retires as a New York Yankee
NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Japanese slugger Hideki Matsui was afforded an emotional farewell to Major League Baseball on Sunday, ending his glittering career as a New York Yankee after re-signing with his old team for less than two hours.
His final game in the majors was for the Tampa Bay Rays last year but the Yankees signed him to a one-day contract so he could end his career at the team where he enjoyed his greatest success.
"I'd like to thank the Yankees organisation, from the bottom of my heart, for giving me this opportunity," he said through a translator. "I officially announced my retirement last year, but to be able to come back in this manner, at the time, I never really imagined having this type of opportunity.
"To become a member of the Yankees and retire as a Yankee, I'm just so humbled and honoured."