*picture from the Boston Globe*
Um, yeah. I think he might be the real deal. Matsuzaka's line from today's 4-1 win:
D Matsuzaka (W, 1-0)
1 Earned Run
10 Strike outs
.240 Batting Average against
I TIVO'd the game and listened to it on the XM: and yes, I realize how sick I am. There was no way I was missing his first start. He is as advertised and more: he made major league hitters look downright silly at times. Gave up a home run and some hard hit balls, but the fact he was blowing on his hands, wiping his nose with his sleeve, and probably wishing for the Dome's back home he pitched in because of the sub zero temperature in KC, I'll give him a pass. He is gonna be REALLY fun to watch, especially at Fenway.
On a sad note, I went to the funeral today of a really good man: he was a member of our church, and he and his wife were close friends of my Mom and Pop. Now you have to understand: I attend funerals about as often as I compliment a Yankee player, but this man was so good to my family, especially Ciera, I wanted to pay my respects. He graduated from Annapolis, served his country in WWII, and worked as an engineer for Dupont for 30 years. You know what they talked about at his funeral? How much he loved his wife, children, and grand children.
Married to the love of his life for 57 years, he had 4 children and 13 grand children. From the minister all the way down to his sons who spoke, to a man they talked of his life long love of his wife and kids. As my pastor said, he lived it: he was a living example of what a Husband and a Dad should be.
As I sat there, I thought to myself: God willing, if I live to be 80 years old, and at my funeral they say I was half the husband and father my friend was, I'd consider myself a lucky man. I could care less if what I earned, or how big a house I had, or what kind of car I drove was ever mentioned. Hopefully, they will say he loved and adored his wife, and was a great dad to his children. I hope I can earn that honor over the years.
God speed Mr. Powell.