Hideki Matsui was the starting pitcher for an NYC rec league championship game this weekend
During the sixth inning of a 1-0 game on Sunday, Hideki Matsui was on the mound with the bases loaded. And then the former NPB and MLB slugger hit a batter to tie the game.
Matsui, retired from professional baseball and working as a special advisor to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, has been playing ball in the Nippon Club recreational league in New York City with, among others, "a corrections officer, a television cameraman, a human resources manager, accountants, bond traders and a hairdresser."
The New York Times' Billy Witz was there for the Club's President Cup championship game to see Matsui pitch -- and bat right-handed -- in person:
And photographer Benjamin Norman (whose work you can see here) captured the action:
Matsui pitches for Team Matsui, a team he sponsors himself, and bats right-handed to level the playing field a bit. After 12 innings on Sunday, his team won, 2-1.
Between this and a charitiy home run derby earlier this year, it appears Matsui has been successfully staving off baseball withdrawals.