Former Yankees outfielder and World Series MVP Hideki Matsui might miss tonight’s Game 6. The MLB Players Association announced today that Matsui is being honored tonight by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York. Just kind of a reminder of how respected and appreciated Matsui remains in and out of baseball. Here are the details from the MLBPA:
WHAT: The Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York maintains a proud tradition of building alliances that strengthen one of the world’s most committed global partnerships. In recent years, the relationship between the U.S. and Japan has been invaluable in helping both nations to rise above natural disasters and work together toward renewal and revitalization. In 2013, the Chamber celebrates its tradition of forging connections that advance U.S.-Japan business and cultural relationships, as symbolized by the gift of “sakura” — cherry blossoms— presented in 1912 by Japan to the United States.
WHO: Ian Bremmer, President of Eurasia Group will deliver the keynote address. John V. Roos, former United States Ambassador to Japan, and Hideki Matsui, retired professional baseball player, will receive JCCI’s highest honor, the Eagle on the World Award. The late Daniel K. Inouye, United States Senator from Hawaii, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. JCCI’s 2013 Annual Dinner will be chaired by Toshiya Hasegawa, Co-CEO, Nomura Holding America, Inc., and co-chaired by Alan MacDonald, Vice Chairman of Citibank.
WHERE: New York Hilton Midtown
WHEN: Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 6 p.m. — 9:30 p.m.
MORE: Established in 1932, JCCI is committed to facilitating a better understanding of business and cultural practices between the United States and Japan. Over the past 81 years, the Chamber has served as a catalyst to help bring numerous U.S.-Japan business and cultural partnerships to fruition in the New York metropolitan area. For more information, please visit www.jcciny.org.
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