Let's play two
Ernie Banks had it right all those years ago. The sun is shining and it’s a great day to play two. Oh, did you guys know this rookie named Daisuke Matsuzaka was pitching tonight against Boston College? I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but the Red Sox acquired him for a cool posting feel of $51.1 million and then signed him to a six year, $52 million contract.
Oh, sorry, I just wrote that last paragraph for the Tom Hanks character in Castaway. Of course, unless you’ve been living in a proverbial cave, you’ve heard all about the Dice man. It should be fun to watch him pitch. Stop looking for those gyro balls, OK? He doesn’t throw one.
The thing that bears watching tonight is the communication between Matsuzaka and Jason Varitek. Will they find it easy to be on the same page despite the language barrier?
Manny is also taking his first hacks of the spring in the early game. And Okajima will make his first appearance. Got to like the Game 1 lineup. Lugo-Youk-Papi-Manny-Drew-Lowell-Coco filling out the first seven spots. That poor Matsuzaka won’t get any run support in the second one because Varitek and Pedroia will be the only starters playing.
Not much news in Terry Francona’s pre-game chat other than the fact that Craig Hansen (back woes) has been cleared to throw a side session. Mike Timlin is still a few days away.
I’ll be back with more thoughts later in the day.