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The Japanese text on this T-shirt reads "Red Sox Team." Paging Santa …

Also, Rich Lederer says the Matsuzaka signing gives the Sox a rotation that "potentially becomes one of the most powerful in the game." Emphasis mine.

Heck, apparently I was settling when I said it could be "among the best in the league."

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  • Where is this shirt available?

    LocklandSF December 14, 2006, 3:03 pm
  • In F@#kuok, er, sorry, Fukuoka (on Kyushu)

    Andrews December 14, 2006, 3:37 pm
  • “Also, Rich Lederer says the Matsuzaka signing gives the Sox a rotation that “potentially becomes one of the most powerful in the game.”
    man, you guys love starting fights. i think i’ll continue to sit these discussions/arguments out.

    m.g. yanks fan December 14, 2006, 3:45 pm
  • Haha, you guys see this? Remember Zumaya’s forearm injury right before the WS last year? He hurt himself playing Guitar Hero on the ps2.

    desturbd1 December 14, 2006, 3:54 pm
  • That shirt is awesome. Awesome.
    “Most powerful in the game?” Eh, I don’t know about that, but I do know that 2007 got a lot more interesting with Matsuzaka in the fold. [/stating the obvious]
    And I’m very excited about the potential the Matsuzaka/Beckett/Papelbon trio brings to the table. It’ll be fun watching all of them blossom. Which they will, because I’m optimistic like that. :)

    mouse - SF December 14, 2006, 3:59 pm
  • D-1, at least there’s no strings on it to create blister problems as well.

    QuoSF December 14, 2006, 4:02 pm
  • Guitar Hero is awesome. That’s some advertising right there, hahah.

    Lar December 14, 2006, 4:05 pm
  • Yeah, I thought Lederer was overstating it a bit, as well. I mean, every rotation has the chance to be the most (insert random superlative) in the game. Still, kinda cool. I think it’s the first time in my life that anyone has talked about the Sox rotation entering a season in these terms.

    Paul SF December 14, 2006, 4:08 pm
  • The AP cutline said the shirt is from a souvenir store outside Fenway. I’m having trouble finding anything online yet, though.

    Paul SF December 14, 2006, 4:15 pm
  • Here’s something, but it looks dumb.

    Paul SF December 14, 2006, 4:16 pm
  • Paul, I think I saw Andrew Dice Clay wearing that shirt last night at Carolines.

    Seth December 14, 2006, 4:21 pm
  • The Sox rotation certainly has the potential to be one of the very best in the game, yeah. It’s no sure thing (even beyond the obvious caveat that nothing’s a sure thing in baseball). It’s definitely one of the best rotations for “upside.” If things work out just so, it could be pretty spectacular. Obviously, I hope there are some bumps on the road ;)

    Rob (Middletown, CT) December 14, 2006, 4:39 pm
  • Paul,
    Even 2004? Shilling, Pedro, Lowe?

    Rob (Middletown, CT) December 14, 2006, 4:40 pm
  • Nobody said that about the sox 2004 rotation? Sorry, but IMO it gets the nod over this one.

    Andrews December 14, 2006, 4:43 pm
  • “Paul, I think I saw Andrew Dice Clay wearing that shirt last night at Carolines”
    I knew he was hurtin’ for laughs, but didn’t realize it was that bad. :0

    Andrews December 14, 2006, 4:46 pm
  • Andrews and Rob, no one said that preseason about the 2004 rotation, I don’t think. Lowe was not a dominant pitcher anymore, and he was not dominant in 2004 (5+ ERA) until the postseason. Also, 2004 was Arroyo’s breakout season. He was not Jonathan Papelbon by a long shot, in projection or in reality.

    Paul SF December 14, 2006, 4:57 pm
  • Count me on the side that thinks the circus here in Boston over Matsuzaka is getting a little out of control.
    The flight coverage, the hospital coverage, the SEVEN HOURS of NESN Matsuzaka programming today, the one hour press conference, the “break out” press conferences following, and now he’s headed to drop the puck at the Bruins game…
    Did we sign him or did he cure cancer?

    LocklandSF December 14, 2006, 6:39 pm
  • Hmmm, Lester did go into remission about the time the Sox’ winning bid was announced …

    Paul SF December 14, 2006, 6:43 pm
  • > Count me on the side that thinks the circus here in Boston over Matsuzaka is getting a little out of control.
    I made a similar comment yesterday prior to the police escort to Mass. General, that when the Sox likely re-sign Miriabelli, don’t use a police escort.
    Later, I commented that RSN and the handling of the off-season plays out like a Greek drama, complete with deus ex machina whereas the Yankees are now a Greenwich beat poet. Since we’re out of control, let’s go OUT OF CONTROL.
    RSN production:
    High-powered billionaire flies his private jet to Cali. Guns n Roses “Jungle” plays in the background. Cut to “Brutal Equation”. There’s a countdown on BOSTON.COM. Theo and company grab the super-agent and his prize, much press.
    Boras: “Do you expect me to talk?”
    Epstein: “No, Mr. Boras, I expect you to sign.”
    We track the progress of the flight across the nation via the net, crowds swarm around the hospital to learn the results of the physical. Typepad servers melt down. 2 out of 5 babies born in the next 48 hours and every Christmas puppy under the Douglas Firs of New England are named Daisuke.
    YES production:
    {the bongos go thumpity thump thump}
    {Gerbil sits on a chair, a bright, single spot shines straight down. His features, chiaroscuro.}
    Cashman. My Cashman. CASH. MAN.
    {thumpity thump thump}
    Cash.
    {thumpity thump}
    [take drag from cigarette]
    So.. Un.. Lovvve Ed.
    {thump}
    So.. Un.. Florid.. ah.
    {thumpity thump}
    Gorilla suit. Gorilla .. suite?
    You can’t spell Cash without .. sssssssshhhhhhhhhh.
    {thump}
    [take another long drag.. fade to black.. scene]
    It’s a bizzarro world turn of events from what the Yankees media circus was like just a few years ago.

    attackgerbil December 14, 2006, 7:51 pm
  • funny ag…can always count on you for a good chuckle…enjoy sf’s……..we’re gonna kick yur butt on the field next year………i hope…

    dc December 14, 2006, 7:56 pm
  • If you think this is a media circus, just imagine if they *hadn’t* signed the guy…

    Hudson December 14, 2006, 10:05 pm
  • That’s no joke. That would have been an ugly, ugly scene. Talk about sharpening knives and all that. Forget beat poets and Greek tragedies. This would have been Edgar Allen Poe, H.P. Lovecraft and Stephen King — complete with live burials, flesh-eating gods of the underworld and, well, Stephen King.

    Paul SF December 14, 2006, 10:23 pm
  • LOL.
    Maybe I shouldn’t laugh–I can see that all happening. 0_o;

    mouse - SF December 14, 2006, 11:19 pm
  • If this guy had signed with the Yanks, I’d 1) be hoping he turns out to be as good here as he was there, 2) wary about committing $100+ million to a guy who’s never pitched in the American League, let alone New York, and 3) probably be feeling pretty good about it.
    Since he signed with the Sox, I’m 1) hoping he turns out to be another Beckett or Clement,* 2) wary he turns out be the pitching equivalent of Ichiro, and 3) feeling pretty good about the Sox committing to all that money. It looks like he’s good, but only time will tell (maybe Newsweek).
    * I wouldn’t wish on any team another Pavano.

    john December 15, 2006, 6:59 am
  • I still get a kick out of people thinking Beckett is a wash out.

    LocklandSF December 15, 2006, 9:38 am
  • “Washout” is your word. What I said is I’d be happy if Matsuzuka is another Beckett. Yankee fans all over the world will be happy when their team faces a Red Sox starter with a 5.01 era.

    john December 15, 2006, 9:57 am
  • Beckett vs. Yanks in 2006:
    2 & 2, 9.45 era, 16 BB in 20 innings
    So much for the pre-season RSN theory that the Marlins’ World Series win proved the Yanks could never beat him.

    john December 15, 2006, 10:05 am
  • please, no more beckett stuff. can we all put it on hold until spring training?

    m.g. yanks fan December 15, 2006, 10:15 am
  • So much for the pre-season RSN theory that the Marlins’ World Series win proved the Yanks could never beat him
    Just as an exercise, can you cite the location of this supposed theory and how it represents RSN? Again, can we try not to engage the broadstroke generalization?
    Any more silly Beckett flamewars and I am locking this thread.

    SF December 15, 2006, 10:25 am
  • I like this Dice-K tee the best from what I have seen:
    http://www.sullystees.com/sullystees/_details.php?ID=160

    Shawn December 15, 2006, 10:31 am
  • Odd decision to use the WWII-era Japanese “rising sun” design that’s pretty well associated solely with the slaughter of millions of people.

    Paul SF December 15, 2006, 10:37 am
  • Uhh, Paul? That’s still the Japanese flag. Heh…

    desturbd1 December 15, 2006, 11:29 am
  • Just as an exercise, can you cite the location of this supposed theory
    I guarantee you that the pages of YFSF contain this sentiment several times in the months following his pickup.
    Wanna bet? :-)

    john December 15, 2006, 5:37 pm
  • d-1, The flag now is just the red circle on the white background — no sun rays.

    Paul SF December 15, 2006, 5:44 pm
  • BTW, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Beckett have a much better season this year. He has the stuff, he just needs to throw it in an order that the teams don’t sit on it.
    He started very well, as you remember, until the teams learned what he was doing.
    On the other hand, I’d love to see Pettitte do well, but I’m not counting on that.

    john December 15, 2006, 7:24 pm
  • …actually, gammons thinks he’s going to be another mussina…

    dc December 15, 2006, 10:43 pm

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