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Matsui hits record-tying 6 RBIs as Yankees win World Series

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Geez, guys - the game's not even over yet. Think you can hold off on publishing a story until the game ends?

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It's over now. Don't like the Yanks, but it's nice to see Matsui doing some good.

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Yankees WIN!!!!!!!

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Matsui rocked! Congrats on his first World Series Championship!!

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Matsui named MVP!!!

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What a stud.

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Wow! Congrats to Matsui and the Yankees. Although I'm not a fan of the Yanks, I have to give credit to the team they've assembled. Good to see such a soft-spoken, low-keyed kind of guy like Matsui do so well (in what may possibly be his last game as a Yankee).

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Congrats to Matsui and the Yankees. Great game. Also, though I don't like him a whole lot, congrats to A-Rod for his first championship. So many of the Yanks Petitte, Jeter, Matsui, will be free agents, I wonder what kind of team they'll field next year.

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Yankees = the most expensive team money can buy.

Congrats to Matsui. He seems like a stand-up guy who knows how to relax and enjoy the game, unlike that uptight, robotic Ichiro.

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Well, I hate the Yankees, but congrats anyway on a spectacular season. As the playoffs started it really seemed almost inevitable that they would win.

Maybe Matsui will return to Japan now as was speculated?

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MVP! MVP! Yankee legend status!

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that uptight, robotic Ichiro.

You don't watch a lot of baseball do you?

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Hate the yanks, but have to take your hate off to Matsui with his two bad legs and all.

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stay away from J-TV folks, it aint going to be pretty for the next couple days, dont say I sdidnt warn ya!

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"You don't watch a lot of baseball do you?"

Nah, baseball garners the same kind of interest in me as that funny little European game where they kick a ball around and don't use their hands.

But Ichiro is rather uptight. That's why he's not really popular in that un-uptight of areas: Kansai.

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So, a lot of folks buried their ghosts this playoffs:

The Angels finally solve the Red Sox. The Yankees finally solve the Angels. The Yanks and Mo finally forget the broken-bat game-winner in Arizona. CC Sabathia finally pitch well. A-Rod finally clutch. Yank pitchers finally solve Utley (and it only took them 6 games to do it). Pedro could still pitch (but Yanks still his daddy).

Though the Yanks are not the most expensive team money can buy (that would be the galacticos of Real Madrid), they're one of the few teams that could afford to draft players, develop them, and keep them even if means overpaying to keep them off free agency (Jeter, Mo, Posada, and except for a couple years Pettitte - not sure about their manager Girardi who was their catcher in '96, '98, and '99).

This could be Godzilla's last game for the Yanks, but this World Series MVP (in only 13 productive ABs as a full-time DH - as many as Ryan Howard has strikeouts) should raise his stock up a bit wherever he goes. Jeter, per usual as the playoffs get deeper and tougher, reached base every WS game with .400 batting avg. And Andy Pettitte keeps getting underestimated when it's clinch time - he has won the clinching game for the 6th time, 2 more than the next guy in playoff history (he may not be a dominator but he's knows how to finish). And Mo being Mo with more 1+ inning saves.

Can't believe a friend actually obtained tix this game for his first trip to New Yankee Stadium. New stadium, new World Series - coincidentally like Old Yankee Stadium; Babe Ruth had it that good.

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The stats are impressive and the information correct, but I personally still hate the Yankees. Glad the season is over...

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surely the yankees couldnt dump him after winning them the series...could they ???

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Congrats to the Yankees and for one of the true class acts in baseball, Matsui-san 2009 World Series MVP!!

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Now is the time for Matsui to say good bye to MLB ! Congratulations !

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I love how the Americans say.. World Champions... How can the Yankees be World Champions??? Just American teams are playing.... Why don't they say USA Champions??? Always trying to make things seem bigger than they are........

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Well, getsy, in defense of the Americans I would say that the world's best players generally go play in the big leagues. So even if they said "USA Champions" they are basically comprised of the best players in the world. Might as well just say "World Champs".

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Yep, Pedro has a new daddy and Matsui certainly deserves the MVP. I'm not sure there has been a player who went 8 for 13 in the series and his performance last night was phenominal.

Now the Yankess should play the winners in Japan. That would be fun!

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Pedro got torn a new one. He has changed teams so many times to be in position to humiliate the Yankees, but it would be HIS destiny to be humiliated today!

GO YANKEES!!!

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The Yankees: The Best Drug Users Money Can Buy....

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He doesn't have to say anything in English - he's never said anything in English - why start now? He homered, doubled and singled. Nuff said!

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He doesn't have to say anything in English - he's never said anything in English - why start now? He homered, doubled and singled. Nuff said!

Good point. Some players talk and talk about the things they can do. Matsui just lets his bat do the talking.

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Unfortunately, there are players in all the teams that used PEDs. A-Rod deserves the flack he gets for the tens of millions he earned using it. Pettitte, though, doesn't get ribbed for it even immediately after his admission or even by BoSox fans probably because he answered all the questions asked him during his admission and seems genuine that he only used it once to try to recover faster from an injury.

Last year's champs Phillies' pitcher JC Romero got caught and suspended 50 games for it. The BoSox won 2 World Series with Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz. And of course, there are still the many unrevealed names left from the "List of 103" who may or may not have tested PED positive.

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Well, New York Yankees 2009 payroll at $201,449,289 to be exact, which is down about $8 million (3.65 percent) from last year's $209,081,579 total. Not bad when you can sign Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia, and A.J. Burnett and still lower your payroll and win the World Series.

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He can now say he's the handsomest Japanese man to win the World Series MVP and no one can argue with him.

I hope we've all learned a valuable lesson from the Yankees: If at first you don't succeed, buy, buy again.

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Well, getsy, in defense of the Americans I would say that the world's best players generally go play in the big leagues. So even if they said "USA Champions" they are basically comprised of the best players in the world. Might as well just say "World Champs".

Yeah but because there isnt a World Competition it should be the USA Champs.. Now If the world made a world competition the best players wouldn't have to go to the US... and also if there was a world competition what would they call it... or what would the US call their comp. Anyway the point is no other country is playing so it can't be a world comp.....

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Well, getsy, in defense of the Americans I would say that the world's best players generally go play in the big leagues. So even if they said "USA Champions" they are basically comprised of the best players in the world. Might as well just say "World Champs".

Does that mean Japan won the world Series because Matsui was playing?

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Congratuations to Matsui - it's been a long time coming.

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He's so valuable he only played in three of six games, but I guess giving Matsui the MVP means we're all square on the internment camps, right? Chase Utley had five homers, by the way, and can throw and catch baseballs as well.

"World Series" is appropriate even if the Europeans or the Cubans don't send a team over, yet. (Ya can't fail if you don't try, right?)

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Matsui played in all 6 WS games but just as pinch-hitter in Philadelphia, where he still went 2 for 3 with a homerun. But he was still a pure DH (never played the field), so for that, WS MVP is very rare if ever.

And quality ain't cheap. As poppy put it, if you're good at something, don't do it for free. The more good, the less free. But ya still have to pay the right people the big money. Not just any big money are the right people.

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getsy, what does country have to do with club world championship?

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European pundits consider the UEFA Champions League the world champions, to South Americans' chagrin.

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Technically, the NBA and the Super Bowl could be world championships.

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getsy, what does country have to do with club world championship?

Well it does have something to do with it... Why use the word World Championship and World Champions when only US teams are playing..... Why not use the words USA Championship and USA Champions..... When the world gets involved then the name should be used... but I guess Amercians do think they are the world..... and everything should rotate around their world......... Don't you think?

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getsy,

A club world championship is about clubs, not nations. When you mentioned that "Does that mean Japan won the world Series because Matsui was playing?", no, that does not mean Japan won the World Series. That also does not mean the USA won the World Series, nor Cuba, nor Venezuela, etc. The club won the World Series and arguably the champions of the world. The club, not the nation.

Baseball is played in only a handful of countries. And it's obvious where at least 9 out of 10 best players of the world play. Same thing with American football - is there anybody gonna argue that the winner of the Super Bowl is not the best club in the world?

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that is just stupid what you are saying lostrune2.... Exactly what you say.... American Football.. The club that wins in the US should be USA Champions... Not classed as world champions.... When Australia plays Australian football (Aussie Rules) and the team that wins the Championship (or as they say Premiership) They are not known as World Champions even know the best plays in the world only play in the top 16 clubs in Australia... I guess thats the difference between Americans and the rest of the world.... I just don't get it... If the Melbourne baseball team win the Championship in Australia they do turn around and say.."We are world Champions" How could they only Australian teams played and they didnt even get to play the NY Yankees... Now you say the best players play in the US... but not all the best players can play in the US..if all the best players in the world played in the US there wouldn't be very many Americans in the teams.....

Moderator: Back on topic please.

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Spalding Guide of America in 1887 named it "Worlds championship Series" (later shortened to World Series) in the hope that other nations such as Australia and Great Britain or other nations would soon play and become major rivals and none have. This didn't happen, but the name World Series stuck. It would be nice to see best championship teams from America, Japan, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Cuba and other competitive nation to have the real "World Series" in November every year after the major league season is over.

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getsy,

Where else do they really play American football besides Canada (where undrafted players go, ala minor league)? Nowhere. So the Super Bowl champion is the de facto world champion. Which team is gonna challenge them? Provide me an example.

Same thing with baseball, which is only played by a handful of countries (never mind that many of the same MLB players play the winter leagues in Latin countries, so that's a logistics issue). My big point (which the moderator edited out) is that if there's a significant gap between leagues, then the champion of the lower tier league doesn't automatically get to challenge the champion of the higher tier league. The champion of the lower tier league should first instead get promoted (ala soccer terms) and play the season in the higher tier league - or narrow the quality gap. (Does the champion of the English First Divison league automatically get to challenge the champion of the English Premier League? No.) The big fish in a small pond does not automatically equal the big fish in a big pond.

And yes, at least 90% of the best baseball players play in the US, and only about half of the MLB players are American (America does have the largest population by far, 300+ million).

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Spalding Guide of America in 1887 named it "Worlds championship Series" (later shortened to World Series) in the hope that other nations such as Australia and Great Britain or other nations would soon play and become major rivals and none have. This didn't happen, but the name World Series stuck. It would be nice to see best championship teams from America, Japan, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Cuba and other competitive nation to have the real "World Series" in November every year after the major league season is over.

Great information sfip3330 So they knew back then what "Worlds championship Series" meant but I guess the name just stuck. Every 4 years the world has a World Cup in soccer and many countries get a chance to compete. 2006 Italy won it and yes they were called world Champions.... Anyway back to topic. Well done to the Yankees for being the Champions. NY loves it when they win.

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Helloklitty,

1-Usually the MVP award is given to a player on the winning team.

2-The (New York)fans in the stadium were the ones chanting MVP; NOT the Japanese media.

3-FYI, Matsui is Japanese. The people forced into internment camps were American.

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And your point is?

Helloklitty, 1-Usually the MVP award is given to a player on the winning team. 2-The (New York)fans in the stadium were the ones chanting MVP; NOT the Japanese media. 3-FYI, Matsui is Japanese. The people forced into internment camps were American.

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Figure it out for yourself. Its not hard.

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helloklitty said:

but I guess giving Matsui the MVP means we're all square on the internment camps, right?

fightfan2008 said:

3-FYI, Matsui is Japanese. The people forced into internment camps were American.

Good point, fightfan2008. I fail to see helloklitty's logic here. The issue of internment camps is something Japanese-AMERICANS are concerned with. Japanese people could care less about this issue.

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(Dunno why the mod deleted my whole World Series-related post when the only off-topic part is a short context quip about American football, but anyways....)

Baseball is only played by a handful of countries (never mind that many of the same MLB players play the winter leagues in Latin countries, so that's a logistics issue). My big point (which the moderator edited out) is that if there's a significant gap between leagues, then the champion of the lower tier league doesn't automatically get to challenge the champion of the higher tier league. The champion of the lower tier league should first instead get promoted (ala soccer terms) and play the season in the higher tier league - or narrow the quality gap. (Does the champion of the English First Divison league automatically get to challenge the champion of the English Premier League? No.) The big fish in a small pond does not automatically equal the big fish in a big pond.

And yes, at least 9 of 10 best baseball players play in America, but only about half of the MLB players are American (America does have the largest population by far > 300 million); the rest by several small Latin nations and Canada.

Moderator: What does this have to do with Matsui and the Yankees?

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So they should all have a state of Origin Match so you get to play for their country. The last world Champions were South Korea in the 2008 Olympics.

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