After months of reading, hearing, and seeing Daisuke Matsuzaka, after endless articles about the mysterious gyroball, he finally pitched today. I saw and heard way too much about Scott Boras over the winter, and wasted way too much time watching YouTube videos of Dice K than a married father of 3 should ever be allowed. It was all worth it to see what I saw tonight.
Calm. Poised. Unfazed by the circus of photographers, writers, and fans, Dice K went out and pitched 2 scoreless innings. Sure he gave up a lead off double, but he never rattled and struck out 3 over the next 2 innings. After seeing Schilling throw nothing but fastballs in his start, and reading where Beckett basically did the same thing, I was expecting that tonight. Guy threw at least 5 DIFFERENT pitches in his first Spring Training start!
Before the hour was over, my daughter, Ciera, was asking me to show her how to spell his name, Rakes was pretending to throw like him with that dramatic pause at the top of his windup, and I was on line looking for a Dice K t shirt. Yeah, yeah, I know: It's his first start, and it's Spring Training, and yeah, it was Boston College.
Don't matter. He may not ever be the superman he's being made out to be, but he is already better than a lot of veteran MLB pitchers. He's 26, and we've got him wrapped up for the foreseeable future, and he wears the B on his cap.
Can't wait until the first time he pitches to Slappy McBluelips.
"Are you crying? Crying? There's no CRYING in baseball Slappy. Check yourself!"