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Godzilla takes the Bronx : the inside story of Hideki Matsui
Beach, Jerry, 1973-
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First Taylor Trade Pub. edition.
Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Taylor Trade Pub., [2004]

Physical Description:
xii, 243 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Leaving paradise -- Culture clashes -- Tampa crush -- Earning his stripes --Godzilla meets Ichiro -- Sinking yet centered -- Sayonora, slump! -- A tired Matsui, a tired debate? -- Matsui torments the Twins, again -- Yanks haunt Sox again -- Fish squish Matsui's dream.
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GV865.M372 B43 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Veteran baseball writer Jerry Beach details each of Matsui's headline-worthy ups and downs while also detailing his evolution into international icon and sporting role model.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

There's nothing inside, really, about the story of theapanese baseball player who joined the Yankees last season: there's no personal information about Matsui, and the text is taken completely from newspaper and other accounts of the 2003 season. There's a lot of repetition and many cut-and-paste moments. With all that, it's hard not to enjoy the review of Matsui, whose professional and stoic approach to being part of the rock-star Bronx Bombers is chronicled from his grand slam in his first Yankee home game to his making the last out against the Fish in the playoffs. There's much aboutapanese baseball (cited almost entirely from Whiting's You Gotta Have Wa ) and about theapanese media madness that followed Matsui (and the Mariners' Ichiro) throughout his first season in this country. Add this to Yankee fans' winter reading list. --GraceAnne DeCandido Copyright 2004 Booklist

Library Journal Review

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. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.