Godzilla devoured the Phillies Wednesday as New York and Tokyo cheered.
New York Yankee Hideki Matsui, who’s nicknamed after the giant Japanese monster, almost single-handedly eliminated his Philadelphia opponents by knocking in six RBI in Game 6 of the World Series. And it couldn’t have been sweeter for Yankee fans since four of them came off the much-maligned Pedro Martinez.
When the Matsui, the designated hitter from Japan, slammed a home run in the second inning following an Alex Rodriguez leadoff walk, Martinez seemed to go downhill from there. Not so for Yankees’ winner Andy Pettitte, who headed to the mound on three days’ rest.
The Phillies, despite its formidable lineup of big bats, could not recapture the magic that resulted in a five-game Series victory over the Tampa Bay Rays last year. In the end, the Yankees won the game 7-3, capturing their 27th world title.