New York Yankees legend Hideki Matsui recently spoke in Greenwich, CT as a guest speaker for the Greenwich Education nonprofit Global Citizens Initiative and the Matsui 55 Baseball Foundation Breakfast Fundraiser. The event took place on May 24 at the Field Club in the city, and the goal of the fundraiser was to raise money to help cultivate leadership in youth from around the globe and facilitate positive change. Matsui spoke about his many memorable experiences in the MLB as well as all the difficult things he had to overcome in order to achieve what he did. Due to his status and affiliation with the sport, many people turned up for the event and it was a big success.
The Neagari, Ishikawa, Japan native started playing baseball at a very young age with his brother, who was the one that challenged him to bat left-handed, and ended up making this his signature power. He was recruited to attend Seiryo High School where he participated in four National High School Baseball Tournaments at Koshien Stadium. After graduation, he was drafted to play for the Yomiuri Giants with whom he played for nine seasons. In 2002 Matsui signed with the New York Yankees for $52 million where he played for six more seasons. Before retiring permanently in 2012, the Japanese sports star also was on the roster with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Oakland Athletics, and Tampa Bay Rays for a brief period of time.
Matsui traveled to Greenwich, CT earlier this year in May to speak at this year’s Matsui 55 Baseball Foundation Breakfast Fundraiser. It was a successful event and hopefully, it will have a similar turnout next year.
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