Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Godzilla for MVP

Godzilla is a Japanese giant monster that first appeared in popular Japanese culture in a film of the same name released in 1954. Some believe that the movie monster represented a post-nuclear mutation, the symbol of the threat of the devastating destruction caused by the atom bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Over time, the monster has become one of the most world-wide popular and recognized symbols of modern Japanese popular culture. Starting in films as a threatening and dangerous creature, he eventually softened in later films, taking on heroic characteristics, and became the star of comic books as well as a series of films. He even got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Hideki Matsui is a major league baseball player who plays for the New York Yankees, currently as designated hitter. He began his career playing in Japan in their major leagues, and became a Yankee in 2003. He has played an invaluable role in this year's World Series, and deserves to be named MVP. His nickname is Godzilla because of his powerful hitting, which has been on display in the World Series in spectacular fashion.

A-Rod is the choice of some because he finally got a hit. No, in fairness, he's turned in a humanoid performance at all levels. Not only has he played well, but his press interviews have risen to the level of what should be expected of a team player and a professional. He praises the talent of the opposing team, deflects the complements to other members of his own team, and responds to requests for future predictions with the noncommittal response that we will play each game as it comes. But he's no Godzilla. This may be Matsui's last year as a Yankee, and I hope he gets MVP.

Besides, A-Rod is finally going to be a bride, not just the bridesmaid, finally getting a ring on his finger. That should keep him happy for awhile. Of course Derek Jeter will have 5? World Series rings if things go well in this game 6, and it's finished out with a Yankee win. Pettite went up against god (Pedro Martinez) tonight, and both are great warriors, always a pleasure to watch, even when they are clearly exhausted.

Congratulations to the New York Yankees and Joe Girardi for what looks likely to be another World Series win for the Yankees, but the first with Girardi as the manager. (As I write, Philadelpha has 6 more outs to make 4 runs to tie it, and although anything can happen, I don't think this is going to be their year). But congratulations to Philadelphia too for being the National League Pennant winners.

Just wait'll next year when the Dodgers and Yankees are in the World Series -- now that will be some baseball.

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