March 29, 2007

SUPLEXED HIM:

Sox: Let's do lunch: Matsuzaka, Okajima on menu (Michael Silverman, March 29, 2007, Boston Herald)

As soon as the right elbow of Daisuke Matsuzaka banged hard against the edge of the table, 10 pairs of eyeballs widened to expose maximum whiteness.

"Whoa, what just happened? Is he OK? How do you say 'Tommy John surgery' in Japanese," was the evolution of the thought process flashing through the collective minds of Red Sox [team stats] media types, invited by the team to have lunch yesterday with Matsuzaka, reliever Hideki Okajima and Japanese interpreters Masa Hoshino and Sachiyo Sekiguchi.

Matsuzaka had been asked to answer a question about how aware he had been of the Red Sox' historic 2004 World Series drive. While answering in Japanese, he had been rolling both his forearms forward when his right elbow connected with the table. He did not blink or even rub the elbow, but everyone could not wait for Hoshino to explain what the heck had just happened.

"That was Pedro (Martinez) throwing Don Zimmer to the ground," said Hoshino, prompting a collective round of laughter that pretty much defined the relaxed and helpful breaking-of-bread session, even if Matsuzaka's answer was about 2003.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 29, 2007 7:00 AM
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