A Nation Turns Its Obsessive Eyes to Him

Daisuke Matsuzaka K’d one and allowed a hit in his first inning against Major League Hitters. Next step: Hall of Fame.

Matsuzaka threw 15 pitches in the inning, 11 for strikes. He threw a first-pitch strike to each hitter.

Bill Parcells visited the press box between innings. He said he knows nothing about rumors that the Patriots might be interested in acquiring Randy Moss. He has no opinion on Dice-K.

‘‘I wasn’t watching the first inning,’’ said the Tuna.

I want to know what on earth Bill Parcells is doing at a game featuring Daisuke Matsuzaka if he’s not watching Daisuke Matsuzaka. That’s at least three fans that could have gotten in and actually appreciated the moment, even as overhyped and ultimately insignificant as it is.

Update: Matsuzaka went three innings, gave up two hits and a walk and struck out three. He escaped a second-inning jam and allowed no runs. So the panic that will set in if/when he has a bad start is averted at least five more days.

36 comments… add one
  • I can’t be the only one annoyed by the “Dice-K” nickname, can I?

    yankeemonkey March 6, 2007, 2:13 pm
  • No, I am too, YM. I refuse to use it. His actual name is pronounced the exact same way, so I don’t understand why we need to use the lazy version.

    Paul SF March 6, 2007, 2:18 pm
  • Dice K isn’t technically a nickname.. but not the point..

    Lar March 6, 2007, 2:19 pm
  • I prefer to call him Mr. Stinky Pants!

    walein March 6, 2007, 2:21 pm
  • So far, all three of our under-30 starters have pitched scoreless innings, scattering hits and missing bats along the way. Still too early to read much into it, but it’s encouraging. Especially since our whole season more or less hinges on their progress/success.
    I hate the “Dice-K” moniker too, but I’m resigned to the fact that it isn’t going away anytime soon. At least it’s better than D-Mat.

    mouse - SF March 6, 2007, 2:49 pm
  • Do I totally win the pize for blandest post of the day or what. :)

    mouse - SF March 6, 2007, 2:51 pm
  • My nickname vote is for Matty.
    Off-topic, but did anyone else catch this bit from Gammons’ latest?
    “Team USA players like to tell the story of Francoeur confronting Alex Rodriguez during the WBC for trashing a clubhouse kid who brought him the wrong sandwich.”
    I report, you decide…

    tommy March 6, 2007, 3:05 pm
  • I was annoyed that the game wasn’t televised. Kind of tough to know what was going on through a box score. CHB was reporting through the blog that Daisuke does pretty well out of the stretch.
    Hanley taking MDC deep is pretty clear no matter how you look at it.
    JO-EL had a scoreless inning with a K, but again, can’t judge progress without being able to see the pitches.

    Steve March 6, 2007, 3:22 pm
  • “trashing a clubhouse kid who brought him the wrong sandwich.”
    Word is he blows his horn at old ladies in crosswalks too…

    Andrews March 6, 2007, 3:36 pm
  • Pedro also had a midget friend. He died recently. Why did Pedro not give the midget friend all his money so he could live? He obviously is the devil incarnate, and we should all hate him.
    Hey, I can be a sportswriter too!

    Andrew March 6, 2007, 3:53 pm
  • good point, Andrew.

    Brad March 6, 2007, 4:11 pm
  • Who’s going to be the first mediot to declare that we should trade Delcarmen and Hansen for Todd Helton based solely on ST performances?

    mouse - SF March 6, 2007, 4:18 pm
  • So much for that 203-0 season….

    yankeemonkey March 6, 2007, 4:18 pm
  • The Sox are putting on a clinic in the 10th it seems, according to yahoo there upto 8 runs and still no outs.

    Anonymous March 6, 2007, 4:34 pm
  • Takes a little of the sting of Hansen giving up 3 (in his first outing after injury, mind, but I still think he should spend at least a year in Pawtucket) to allow a tie in the bottom of the 9th.

    Devine March 6, 2007, 4:41 pm
  • I was surprised Hansen was in there. Thought he was still a day away from throwing BP? I doubt he was very sharp, having spent the whole week rehabbing his back, and I agree he needs to at least spend the first half in Pawtucket. I’m still rooting for Delcarmen to make the team out of camp, but it might be easier to put him in AAA and give Snyder a shot.

    Paul SF March 6, 2007, 4:54 pm
  • “I want to know what on earth Bill Parcells is doing at a game featuring Daisuke Matsuzaka if he’s not watching Daisuke Matsuzaka. That’s at least three fans that could have gotten in and actually appreciated the moment, even as overhyped and ultimately insignificant as it is.”
    You aren’t saying that Parcells is fat are you? Three people in place of the Big Tuna, eh.

    Devil Rays' Fan March 6, 2007, 5:01 pm
  • “I report, you decide…”
    The next thing you know, tommy will be calling himself “fair and balanced”, and btw, fuck Fox News.

    Anonymous March 6, 2007, 5:20 pm
  • Yankees vs. Redsox. Wang vs. Dice-k? Six more days. I can’t wait.

    BIl MD March 6, 2007, 5:21 pm
  • I hate to take credit for the profanity above, but yeah, that was me.

    Whatever March 6, 2007, 5:22 pm
  • “Six more days. I can’t wait.”
    Better prescribe yourself an anti-anxiety drug Bill MD, perhaps some lorazepam would suffice.

    Anonymous March 6, 2007, 5:27 pm
  • Uh, I was the anon again with the sound medical advice for Bill. Perhaps I should check the “Remember personal info?” box, just for the helluva it.

    Whatever March 6, 2007, 5:30 pm
  • Sorry,I just read that from Boston globe Matsuzaka will be pitching against Orioles not the Yankees. Ok, Does anyone Who will pitch for the Redsox when they face the Yankees? Is it Papelbon?. Sorry

    BIl MD March 6, 2007, 5:34 pm
  • “trashing a clubhouse kid who brought him the wrong sandwich”
    If I ordered a turkey breast on whole wheat with veggie chips and ended up with a polish sausage wrapped in bacon and cheese with a side of onion rings I’d be pissed too. Sort of…

    Whatever March 6, 2007, 5:55 pm
  • “polish sausage wrapped in bacon and cheese with a side of onion rings”
    Are you serious? That sounds amazing, I would high five the kid for ignoring my chick order and getting me some real man’s food.

    LocklandSF March 6, 2007, 6:55 pm
  • I think, though, that was Whatever’s point with his “Sort of…” at the end…that he wouldn’t really be too unhappy with the order…

    Devine March 6, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • Yes, I was taking a little bit of a dig at Parcell’s weight. Yes, it was juvenile and mean. Yes, I should be better than that. Yes, I still think it’s funny in a late-night-talk-show kind of way.

    Paul SF March 6, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • Thanks Tommy for taking the “Let’s scrutinize everything A-Rod does campaign” to a new all-time low. Definitely doesn’t shock me because I have read some of your completely unbiased posts. For the love of God do you really think Alex is the only player who ever ripped a clubhouse attendant a new one? Do you think Ted Williams would have just taken the sandwich and smiled? What about Ty Cobb? Where do those 2 stand in baseball history? Just be a man and say all things Yankees s*ck rather then looking for Peter Gammons fluff pieces to do so.
    As for Daisuke I unfortunately haven’t had the chance to see him pitch to a single hitter as of yet. While I am a Yankee fan, I would still like to see what this guy can do and his bag of tricks. Paul do you think there will be panic if he struggles early which may very well happen? (Not ability wise but adjusting to new ball, strike zone, longer lineups, etc…) As much as I would like to say otherwise I have yet to read one negative scouting report on this guy.

    Triskaidekaphobia March 6, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • Trisk, you’ve gotta lighten up. I read everything Gammons writes (as I have since one sunday in the mid-80s), I came across this anecdote, I thought it was amusing, and I threw it out there. Apparently the subject of Arod’s character touches a nerve. Jeez. In the future I shall only post things relating to the height, width, depth, color and relative glow of the halo around each blessed Yankee head.
    Good night.

    tommy March 6, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • I know it’s ST…but if Matsuzaka does struggle at all, it’ll be tough for him to blame the ball. This was a ML umpire, and he threw %66 of his pitches for strikes. I too have yet to actually see him throw against American hitters, but given that level of accuracy this early in the Spring when you might expect a pitcher just starting to get into the swing of things to struggle a bit with command, I’d say the ball, at least, doesn’t appear to be an issue. I guess that’s what happens when you throw a couple hundred pitches before your first spring training start…
    Incidentally, the A-Rod bit was a brief anecdote in a story about Franceour telling off a Yankee, as part of a bit about the guy’s life as a Red Sox fan. Wasn’t so much designed to rag on A-Rod as highlight what playing at Fenway might mean to a guy most people probably didn’t realize has Boston roots. Incidentally…I’m much happier with Lester then I would be with Franceour, who we would have drafted if Atlanta hadn’t. So there’s that, too.

    desturbd1 March 6, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • I’d have to agree with Trisk’s assessment of this latest dig at ARod. How a story of some guy chewing ARod’s ass for being upset at some kid for messing up the takeout order can be construed as amusing is rather puzzling. Perhaps to a Sox fan? Ah yes, of course.
    Like Trisk, I’ve grown tired, very tired in fact, of the ARod bashing, of the under the microscope policy which is employed with him. No matter what answer he gives, to whatever question he’s asked, somebody can figure out a way to rip him for it. The sad part about it is the number of stupid-stupid Yankee fans that are guilty of this. Sure I’ve been disappointed in Alex’s recent postseason slump, but you know he’s trying to do his best, no matter what happens.
    If ARod decides to leave the Yanks after this year, the old saying, “don’t know what you got till it’s gone”, may be quite appropriate for a lot of Yankee fans, who instead of supporting all their players, decided to single one out to be the scapegoat, when in reality, there were many.

    Whatever March 6, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • Amen to that.
    Personally I’m blaming the acquisition of Bobby Estalella mid-season in 2001 and letting go Jose Canseco at the end of 2000. The facts are irrefutable!

    walein March 6, 2007, 10:33 pm
  • Gammons implied that the other members of Team USA were the ones having a larf at A-Rod’s expense. That in and of itself doesn’t make the story newsworthy, but it is something. Personally, I don’t find it particularly amusing just because it’s A-Rod; I find it amusing because it’s a story about a rookie publicly chewing out a vet–not usually a good idea, from what I understand–and being praised for it by the clubhouse. I wonder if Gammons would have told the same story had Jeter, Varitek, or someone random like Michael Barrett been on the receiving end, but given that the yarn was meant to portray Francoeur as a tough guy and someone Boston fans might have loved, I think he probably would. Or at least I’d hope that he would.
    Really not a huge deal…and if a reporter tries to turn it into one–which I can totally see happening the next time someone gets A-Rod to talk–then I’ll be as annoyed as the next guy. And if they ever go and get the sandwich boy’s take…ugh.

    desturbd1 March 6, 2007, 10:35 pm
  • gammons must be bored if he thinks this is news

    dc March 7, 2007, 7:44 am
  • Hey all, so some Marlins batters are certain Matsuzaka was throwing he mythical gyro ball to them yesterday, check the Herald for quotes, interesting stuff.

    LocklandSF March 7, 2007, 10:46 am
  • just as much was made out of the orlando cabrera clubhouse burger throwing incident. but i’m with yf’s on this one……if a grown man wants to beat up a teenager for bringing him a burger with pickles on it, he has every right to. and if a reporter has the audacity to bring it up, said reporter should be discredited.

    sf rod March 7, 2007, 2:33 pm

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