Hideki Matsui's bat headed to Hall of Fame

01/02/2013 3:01 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
Hideki Matsui retired less than a week ago, but he’s already on his way to Cooperstown…sort of.

On Wednesday, Baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson revealed via Twitter that Matsui’s bat from his Yankee Stadium debut on April 8, 2003 – the one he used to become the first Yankees player to ever hit a Grand Slam in their Bronx debut – will be displayed in the Hall’s museum.

For the revelation, Idelson Tweeted a congratulatory farewell message for the now-retired Matsui, saying “Thanks for showing America your class, dignity+great ability, #Matsui. Cooperstown wishes you much health+happiness,” and included a picture of the bat along with its Hall placard.

"I never dreamed of it," Matsui said back in 2003 after he hit the first of 175 Major League “Thrillas from Godzilla” off Minnesota’s Joe Mays. "Certainly I feel a little relief."

Now, Matsui and baseball fans worldwide can remember that moment forever.

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