Here I am, back in the big,bad, exciting land of Japan. As some of you more faithful readers may recall, I was first here in November, 2006, where I first encountered some guy named Dice-K. Rest assured, Matsuzaka is still as big as ever here in his homeland.
But I must admit, the truly best part of my day was riding in a helicopter with Tim and Stacy Wakefield, Jake and Mike Timlin, and others in a fascinating visit to the U.S. army base called Camp Zama. Curt Schilling and Bryan Corey were in another chopper right next to us. It was truly awesome looking down on Tokyo from an altitude of 1,000 feet and even cooler to see how excited the soldiers, family members and other civilians at the base were to see the defending World Series champs. That was an experience I will never forget.
I did arrive to the workout late — as did Schilling, Timlin, Wakefield and Corey — because the bus we were in got extremely stuck in traffic. Tokyo traffic is much like New York traffic, or pre big dig Boston traffic. Oh well. We made it eventually.
Clay Buchholz is very enthused about pitching against the Hanshin Tigers tomorrow. However, you can be sure that Mr. Timlin won’t pitch in that game. After having two stitches inserted into his finger, you wonder if Timlin can make it back by Tuesday’s Opening Day.
At any rate, I ate some GREAT sushi tonight. It really does melt in your mouth out here.
More tomorrow. Or maybe later today depending on what part of the world you might be reading this in.