Yankees Rumors & News
This entry was posted on Friday, February 23rd, 2007 at 11:14 pm and is filed under Baseball, Yankees Rumors & News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Copyright 2007 The New York Times Company

Boston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka has been a hot topic during the entire offseason, but with pitchers beginning their bullpen and BP sessions this week, the media attention surrounding the Japanese sensation is beginning to resemble a frenzy. In particular, much has been made this week of the mysterious gyroball, which may or may not exist, and which Dice-K may or may not actually throw. The New York Times examined the pitch on Thursday, providing an in-depth explanation of the physics behind the pitch. Likewise, ESPN.com takes a look at the gyroball, tracking the journey of writer Patrick Hruby as he sets out in chase of the “demon sphere.”

Meanwhile, gyros aside, the pitcher himself is already making a big splash in Sox camp. Courtesy of Bob Klapisch in the Bergen Record:

If anyone captured the Sox’ imagination Thursday, it was Matsuzaka: In only his second throwing session of the spring, Matsuzaka stayed on the mound for 40 minutes, outlasting every other Sox starter. By the time it was over, Matsuzaka had thrown 103 pitches, each feverishly recorded by a Japanese media contingent that totaled more than 150.

By late morning, the complex was filling up fast with fans and reporters. By midafternoon, it felt like the Sox were staging an outdoor convention; that’s how busy and crowded their camp was. Everyone – teammates, ownership (including John Henry), fans, kids, cops — wanted to glimpse Boston’s $100 million investment. What they saw from Matsuzaka was supposed to be impossible this early in camp.

While most starters are barely throwing 40-50 pitches, Matsuzaka was unfazed by the monster workload. Remember, this is the same guy who once totaled 250 pitches in a high school tournament quarterfinal, picked up the save in the semifinal and then threw a no-hitter in the championship game – in a three-day span.

The Sox will eventually ask Matsuzaka to curtail his throwing – after all, he’ll be pitching every fifth day in the big leagues instead of once a week as he did in Japan – but for now, he’s creating the kind of buzz that should worry the Yankees.

Said general manager Theo Epstein, as quoted by the Boston Globe:

The thing that caught my attention the most, he’s in there 80, 90 pitches deep and still going from the stretch, still checking runners, still taking it like a real game situation. Every single pitch had a purpose. You almost wanted to videotape it and show it to our young guys in minor league camp on how to get the most out of your practice.

Comments are closed.

  • Press Harbor