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Hideki Matsui officially retires as a member of the Yankees

Hideki Matsui -- a Yankee forever.

On Sunday, the Japanese slugger signed a one-day Minor League contract with his former team so that he could officially retire as a Bomber. Matsui was honored with a special bobblehead, a video tribute and a framed 2009 Yankees jersey -- the year he won the World Series MVP. Godzilla also threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

"I'd like to thank the Yankees organization from the bottom of my heart for giving me this opportunity," Matsui said. "I have always aspired to be a New York Yankee." 

"The fact that he's being signed as a Yankee for one day so that he can wear the pinstripes for one last day and go out in grand style -- I think it's great," a fan said. "There is no better way to do it."