Hideki Matsui hits second-deck homer off David Cone at Yankee Stadium for Old Time(rs)' sake
The sight of Hideki Matsui hitting home runs at Yankee Stadium is a familiar one -- after all, he spent seven of his 10 years in the big leagues in pinstripes and collected 175 long balls over his decade in MLB.
So it's without much surprise that the 42-year-old can still muscle up with the best of them, as he did on Sunday at the Yankees' Old Timers' Game before the Bronx Bombers' series finale with the visiting Tigers.
Facing off against noted Yankee pitching hero David Cone, Matsui -- who happened to be celebrating his birthday on Sunday -- dealt with an obvious "purpose pitch" that sailed behind him on the first offering before turning on the next pitch and depositing it in the second-deck in right field … but not before taking a few seconds to admire the shot while Cone lamented his location mistake.
Add another long ball to Matsui's collection of round-trippers hit in pinstripes after retirement, as he also had one back in 2014 at the Hall of Fame Classic in Cooperstown. The man just loves the big stage.
And maybe, if you look hard enough, it's reminiscent of his first big moment in the Bronx 13 years ago:
But Godzilla wasn't the only one using Old-Timers' Day to walk down memory lane. Former Yankee third baseman Charlie Hayes, for his part, decided to reenact his iconic final out of the 1996 World Series -- and he came remarkably close:
But that moment would never have been possible if not for Paul O'Neill, who made a sprinting catch to preserve a 1-0 win in Game 5. And while the Warrior might have lost a step at age 53, he showed on Sunday that he can still go get it:
All of which begs the question: Could a team of Yankees old timers actually win a World Series in 2016? We're not sure, but we'd love to see them try.