That was an experience
Every time you think you’ve seen it all in this job, you see something else. For instance, more than 200 media members on hand to watch Daisuke Matsuzaka face Boston College?
Yes, it was a circus, reminiscent of when A-Rod and the Yankees came to Fort Myers in March of 2004. I thought Matsuzaka handled everything well. He said he wasn’t nervous, but give me a break. At least he had nervous excitement.
After that first pitch was hit for the double, everything he threw looked nasty. Everything he throws has movement. I can’t wait to watch him pitch when it’s for real.
I’m looking forward to getting past the Spring Training hype phase and seeing how this guy really turns it on when the lights are on for real.
So that is the end of Matsuzaka-mania until Tuesday, when he takes the hill against the Marlins. That one should be a far better barometer.
Tomorrow should be a fun day at the yard with both Wake and Paps taking the hill. It’s our first "game" look at Papelbon since he grabbed his shoulder during that last closing stint last September. Let’s see how his stuff translated from a starter’s mentality even though, from a technical standpoint, he’ll be pitching in relief tomorrow. Wake is Wake. Always fun to watch the knuckleball float around.
Well, this has been a long one, so I’m out.