March 4, 2007


Matsu-mania! Japanese media in state of frenzy on Dice-K (Michael Silverman, 3/04/07, Boston Herald)

"We are afraid of Jupiter (Fla.), some of us are afraid of Kansas City (where the season opens). What's going to happen to me, what's going to happen to us," said Hideaki Yonezawa, the Matsuzaka correspondent for the Fuji Evening News. "How are we going to get into clubhouses?"

Yonezawa was not joking, for the group of 225 journalists who flocked to see Matsuzaka pitch against Boston College is not expected to diminish anytime soon. For Matsuzaka's next start (his first against big leaguers) on Tuesday afternoon in Jupiter, the Red Sox [team stats] have already forwarded notice to the Marlins that 81 Japanese journalists will be attending, with 11 expected from the United States. The press box there holds 24, and the Marlins media still has to be accommodated.

Friday night's game in Fort Myers was televised live in Japan. The timing was not bad, considering the 14-hour time difference. The game aired at 8 in the morning. Tuesday's game will be beamed live as well, although the 1:05 local start means that Matsuzaka fans in Japan will have their loyalty tested with a 3:05 a.m. wake-up call.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 4, 2007 8:07 AM

Wow, so they're finally certain that they can expose him to the hitters he should have been facing all along.


(What are the Sawx doing to boost Bye-Bye Beckett's confidence, having him throw bp to the Jupiter High jv, a similutated game with the varsity?)

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at March 4, 2007 11:12 AM

It's why the Sox develop pitchers and the Yanks don't. Letting Hughes overthrow and get shelled is why he'll end up on the DL instead of the postseason roster.

Posted by: oj at March 4, 2007 3:44 PM

Ah, but Hughes has barely thown 30 pitches in his 2 outings -- both of which were actually relevant, b/c he faced major league hitters.

Dice-K threw over 100 in his first practice sessions! and god knows how many more against the minor league and college opposition.

So, who's over-throwing?

(The Sawx haven't developed a decent starter, who wasn't a knuckler, since Clemens btw, tho Pamplemousse might well be the exception. At least we've had Andy Pettite between today and 1985.)

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at March 4, 2007 10:17 PM

Dice-K is 26 and he learned by throwing, the way the Orioles and Mets used to train guys.

The Yanks are unfortunately in a position where they badly need Hughes, so they're going to blow his arm out.

Posted by: oj at March 5, 2007 7:49 AM