Not included in my Top 10 New York Athletes list, but certainly up there as a personal favorite is none other than Godzilla aka Hideki Matsui. The uber-professional, hard-working, porn-loving Yankee slugger that has captured the heart of both Japanese and New York fans alike.
Beginning his baseball career in Japan as a member of the vaunted Yomiuri Giants (the Yankees of Japan), Matsui led the Giants into four Japan Series and won three of them. Matsui signed with the Yanks in 2003 and to this day has continued to impress Yankee fans with his incredible dedication to baseball. However, possibly more interesting than his baseball skills is his extreme obsession with adult films, so much so that he was even a judge at a porn awards ceremony. A Time Magazine feature on Matsui describes his obsession accurately: “Matsui's only eccentricity, if it can be called that, is his extensive private library of adult videos. His refreshing ability to laugh self-deprecatingly about his porno collection, reporters say, is one reason why fans and even nonfans have taken to him so much.”
You also gotta love Matsui's wedding description - "he had married in a private ceremony in New York. His bride's name has not been announced, but it is reported that she is 25 years old and had been formerly working in a "reputable position at a highly respected company" - you gotta respect a man with a sense of privacy, especially somebody playing for the Yankees (A-Rod take some notes). She looks hot. Good job Hideki.