First, it was Hideo Nomo with the Dodgers. Then Ichiro Suzuki became a hit with the Mariners. Now baseball is going crazy over Hideki Matsui, the New York Yankees' newest slugger. And as Ichiro did in Seattle two years ago, Godzilla has become the center of attention in Gotham.
Gwynn: The book on Matsui | Rovell: Godzilla will be a monster on Madison Ave.
|Ichiro and Matsui's arrival to the major leagues has been electric.|
Liang: Asian athletes still struggling for acceptance | Lapchick: Just do it!
Football's Dominican Republic
Never mind the gridiron boasts of Texans and Floridians, America's most fertile football country is the tiny island of American Samoa. From Junior Seau to Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala, the NFL's roots reach to the South Pacific island more than 4,500 miles from the U.S. mainland.
Feldman: Where football really is a religion | Garber: They might be giants
Since showing off his golf swing on "The Tonight Show" at the age of 5, Tiger Woods has awed golf fans with his peerless game.|
Six national titles. Four world championships. Some 30 perfect sixes. Zero Olympic gold medals. Still, Michelle Kwan remains among history's most successful figure skaters.
After winning a gold medal at Albertville and later a world championship, Kristy Yamaguchi had accomplished enough as an amateur and decided to turn pro.
APOLO ANTON OHNO
He won gold in the Olympics, but speedskater Anton Apolo Ohno first won fame after falling in the 1,000-meter.
He won five Olympic gold medals and became the first platform diver to register 700 points, but it was Greg Louganis' confession that he was HIV-positive that shocked the sports world.