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I write this with great regard and honor for Japan’s native son Hideki Matsui (this year’s World Series Most Valuable Player for the champion New York Yankees). Ever since he came to the United States to play baseball, Matsui has shown what a noble person he is. I have nothing but respect for him in a day and age, in the States, that is full of ego-driven prima donnas. Matsui has shown that hardworking, no-nonsense, levelheaded, professional baseball players still exist. Thank you, Japan, for sharing such a jewel with those who truly appreciate hard work and well-mannered people. Thank you, Hideki Matsui.

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