December 17, 2006

IF THEY'D EVER SEEN MECHE OR LILLY PITCH THEY'D FEEL SHAMED:

With star pitcher in the States, Japan doesn't feel benched (Peter Ford, 12/18/06, The Christian Science Monitor)

"As a Japanese I am happy to see Japanese players doing well in the States," says Takahiro Negishi, an insurance executive, as he pauses between cellphone calls outside a central Tokyo subway station on Friday. [...]

That is not just the salaryman view, either. Japan's premier weighed in with almost exactly the same sentiments when he heard the news that the Red Sox had signed Matsuzaka on Dec. 14 to a six-year contract for $52 million. He also opined on the price - a record for a Japanese player - commenting that, "I think his ability was correctly assessed."

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 17, 2006 6:17 PM
Comments

I wonder if some part of that $51 million is being paid as a severance bonus over the next six years.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 18, 2006 5:36 PM
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