Duel in the desert
What baseball enthusiast doesn’t love this matchup? The guy who has a monster-like 6-foot-10 presence pitching against a guy who was known as the Monster during his years as a legend in Japan.
Just wait until Matsuzaka digs in against Unit at the plate. Before the game, Tito jokingly asked Dice-K if he wanted to hit cleanup. "Against Randy Johnson, no, no", was Dice-K’s response.
Randy Johnson seems to be regaining some of his aura back out here in Arizona. As Francona said, he still makes you switch your lineup.
No Ortiz, no J.D. Drew. Randy Johnson is that nasty against lefties. That slider coming from that near 7-foot-frame with that funky arm angle, there’s just no way to get a good look at it.
Matsuzaka was good in Oakland; I think he’ll be extra revved up today. He’s got his bats ready. And speaking of his bats, Rob Bradford of bradfordfiles fame pulled out this juicy nugget yesterday: That bat that Drew used to have his breakout two-homer, seven-RBI performance Friday night? You know who’s bat that was? Dice-K’s bat. Apparently, J.D. liked the feel of Matsuzaka’s lumber.
Anyway, the roof is closed And with the temperature outside a crisp 100 degrees, I’m eternally grateful.