Godzilla Takes the Bronx: The Inside Story of Hideki Matsui

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Before the start of the 2003 baseball season, the most celebrated baseball player in Japan signed a deal with the most celebrated baseball franchise in the world. In his first game at the most celebrated stadium in the history of sports, he worked the count full...and hit a grand slam! With the nickname of "Godzilla", an affinity for the press, and the largest stage in the world for a baseball player to play on, Hideki Matsui is already on his way to becoming an American and Japanese icon. In this book, veteran ...
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Overview

Before the start of the 2003 baseball season, the most celebrated baseball player in Japan signed a deal with the most celebrated baseball franchise in the world. In his first game at the most celebrated stadium in the history of sports, he worked the count full...and hit a grand slam! With the nickname of "Godzilla", an affinity for the press, and the largest stage in the world for a baseball player to play on, Hideki Matsui is already on his way to becoming an American and Japanese icon. In this book, veteran baseball writer Jerry Beac details each of Matsui;s headline-worthy ups and downs while also detailing his evolution into international icon and sporting role model
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Editorial Reviews

Hartford Courant
Beach's smooth-flowing portrayal of Matsui reveals a likable, humble, but relentlessly determined athlete.
— Steven Goode,
Booklist
It's hard not to enjoy the review of Matsui, whose professional and stoic approach of being part of the rockstar Bronx Bombers is chronicled from his grand slam in his first Yankee home game to making his last out against Fish in the playoffs. Add this to your Yankee fans' winter reading list.
— GraceAnne A. DeCandid
New York Sportscene
Traces Matsui's transition from national icon of epic proportions, to a rookie proving his mettle.
Tampa Tribune
Beach, a veteran New York baseball writer since 1977, guides the reader through a season filled with highs, lows, culture shock and hard-earned respect.
Good Times Magazine
The unauthorized yet definitive look at Hideki Matsui's rookie season with the Yankees.
— lloyd Carroll
The Daily Yomiuri
Beach documents the outfielder's first season with the New York Yankees in great detail.
— Jim Allen
The New York Times
With skills honed by years of fundamental baseball in Japan and now exposed to the greater freedom of the major leagues, the best Japanese players are flourishing.
Sports Collectors Digest
The story of his meteoric rise in Japan, how he decided to cross the ocean to the U.S. major leagues, and how to immediately win the affection of the often-critical Yankee fans.
Hartford Courant - Steven Goode
Beach's smooth-flowing portrayal of Matsui reveals a likable, humble, but relentlessly determined athlete.
Booklist - GraceAnne A. DeCandid
It's hard not to enjoy the review of Matsui, whose professional and stoic approach of being part of the rockstar Bronx Bombers is chronicled from his grand slam in his first Yankee home game to making his last out against Fish in the playoffs. Add this to your Yankee fans' winter reading list.
Good Times Magazine - lloyd Carroll
The unauthorized yet definitive look at Hideki Matsui's rookie season with the Yankees.
The Daily Yomiuri - Jim Allen
Beach documents the outfielder's first season with the New York Yankees in great detail.
Library Journal
This is an interesting biography of Hideki Matsui, nicknamed Godzilla, who last year became the only Yankee player in the team's 100-year history to hit a grand slam in his first game and who captured the imagination of baseball fans worldwide, finishing second in the 2003 American League Rookie of the Year voting. According to baseball writer Beach, Matsui is a humble player who, after conquering the world of Japanese baseball, decided to step up to a larger, richer sporting stage. Beach does a good job of describing the athlete's ups and downs during his rookie season, explaining Matsui's rationale for leaving his homeland to play in arguably the toughest ballpark in the majors, Yankee Stadium, where he patrolled the outfield grass formidably enough to be voted to play in last year's All-Star game. Baseball enthusiasts will enjoy this player bio.-Larry R. Little, Penticton P.L., B.C. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589791138
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/15/2004
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2006

    The best story on earth!

    This will be the most thrilling book you will ever read it is hard hitting news even if you like the red sox you will love it because it has history about Matsui and I am not just saying that because I LOVE Matsui I am saying this because if you like history and they Yankees you will love this book!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2004

    A well-done account of Matsui's first year in pinstripes.

    As a loyal Yankee fan that was present for Matsui's historic performance on Opening Day 2003, the final game of the World Series, and many games in between, I highly enjoyed this book. Jerry Beach does a very good job of making the many unforgettable moments of Matsui's first year in pinstripes come to life. Dubbed Godzilla by his adoring fans back home, Matsui's signing with the N.Y. Yankees was international news. Beach's book takes us step-by-step through what it took to make such a deal happen, how fans and industry insiders on both continents took the news, and the subsequent season that had more ups and downs than your average roller coaster. Whether you're an avid Yankee fan, a fan of the Japanese phenom, or just a baseball fan that enjoys a good baseball book, this one is the one to get.

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