About 45 minutes after Matsuzaka walked off the mound at quaint little McKechnie Field, to a standing ovation, in a frigging spring-training game, Pirates center fielder Chris Duffy and shortstop Don Kelly huddled around a laptop computer.
Over and over, they watched replays of themselves facing Matsuzaka in the first inning — with one almost hilarious purpose:
To try to figure out what the heck they’d just seen.
The legend grows. More players are eyewitnesses to pitches they have never seen before (Jayson Stark, ESPN Insider req’d). Who knows if these UFOs will miss bats, but the testimony is getting close to the point of unimpeachability. Scouts, experienced journos, players (yes, ML-quality players!) are seeing things. Things they’ve never seen before.
We SFs are lucky to have this guy on board, if only for that thrilling sense of anticipation, of what might happen next.