Dice-K faces hitters
That was the excitement today, as Daisuke Matsuzka stepped on the mound of Johnny Pesky Field at 11:32 a.m. on Saturday and faced hitters for the first time in a Red Sox uniform.
He was rather impressive in a 44-pitch stint, throwing all of his pitches, going from the stretch and from the windup and generally making the four batters who faced him look highly uncomfortable.
As you can imagine, the field was packed with media members while Matsuzaka did his throwing. The guy isn’t shy. I really think he likes the attention. He’s used to this. People in Japan have been following his every move since high school. Now he has two nations — Japan and Red Sox Nation — following him around.
I can’t wait to see his first start in Kansas City. He has added a whole new dimension of excitement to this season. let’s face it, he is the great unknown.
The batters who dug in against Matsuzaka were Johnny Damon-clone Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Jimenez, Kevin Cash and Bobby Scales. Only Ellsbury didn’t look completely overmatched.