Lost in Translation

If you managed to sit through the hourlong Matsuzaka introduction press conference (is "presser" already the most annoying word in the English language? I think so), you probably came away hoping, as I did, that Daisuke will soon be able to afford a better interpreter.

Apparently, the Red Sox didn’t know what the crap he was saying either:

Q. Welcome, and I wonder if you could tell us at what point in these negotiations that you realized that you would be coming to the Red Sox, and did you have your doubts that this day would come to pass?

DAISUKE MATSUZAKA: My nickname is Japan is Monster.

Great. Now we’ve got that cleared up.

57 comments… add one
  • I like the kid’s chutzpah.

    Nick-YF December 15, 2006, 10:45 am
  • ” Q. Have there been any talk about where you’ll fit into the rotation and with your new teammates, has there been any contact with your new teammates?
    DAISUKE MATSUZAKA: Inaudible maybe Giants and Tigers.”
    Uhh…is this really how the conference went? It sounds like Boston screwed up making the transcript. Or that translator really is less useful then babelfish.

    desturbd1 December 15, 2006, 11:22 am
  • I’ve heard complaints about the translator, D-1, for what it’s worth.
    On the flip side, the fact that David Ortiz did not walk out, give Daisuke a bear hug, smile for the cameras, and walk off just seems like a missed opportunity.

    QuoSF December 15, 2006, 11:29 am
  • I’d be surprised if, based on the value of this contract, there wasn’t a clause that disallowed all sorts of potentially dangerous interpersonal contact. Bear hugs from Big Papi being one of those PDICs.

    SF December 15, 2006, 11:34 am
  • No, the press conference was that bad, the translator was barely better than just trying to figure out Japanese from the sound of it.
    My question, this kid has known he was probably going to play in the US at some point, why not spend an hour a week or so learning a little conversational English, just a tiny bit.
    I don’t mean to sound culturally insensitive, but I mean, come on…
    Q: How do you feel about the Boston/NY rivalry?
    Translator: Washing Machine!!!

    LocklandSF December 15, 2006, 11:36 am
  • Haha, well the reason I asked was because Edes mentioned that Giants-Tigers response earlier in the blog, but said it came in response to a question about the Boston-New York rivalry.
    And keep in mind, Ichiro used a translator for a long time, and (I believe) continues to even though he now speaks perfect English. Maybe Matsuzaka’s wife will teach him.

    desturbd1 December 15, 2006, 11:40 am
  • ” the fact that David Ortiz did not walk out, give Daisuke a bear hug, smile for the cameras, and walk off just seems like a missed opportunity.”
    you’re right – it’s never too early to start campaigning for next year’s MVP :)

    Andrews December 15, 2006, 11:42 am
  • Math lessons by Peter Gammons
    Gammons on what the Red Sox are paying Matsuzaka:
    Obviously, the combined $103.1M over six years is a $17.2M AAV…but because of the system, it is, in reality, far less than that because the posting process gave the Red Sox an exclusive right to negotiate.
    Huh?
    According to Peter Gammons, the Red Sox are paying $103 million total for Matsuzaka. However, because they were the only team to talk to Matsuzaka, Gammons claims the $103 million is actually not $103 million. Does that make any sense?
    The lesson: $103 million is less than $103 million.

    Hysterical December 15, 2006, 11:49 am
  • How very Spinal Tap. I hope they keep the translator (and that the news conference was a preview of how D-Mat’s “stuff” will translate). Between this and crazy Iggy Igawa, it shoud be quite a fun season….

    YF December 15, 2006, 12:03 pm
  • The translator was bad but he wasn’t THAT bad. Well, yes, he was. But not as bad as the transcript makes him look. There are a lot of responses listed as “inaudible” that I understood just fine on the tiny NESN online video. Henry’s joke about Matsuzaka crossing him up on the pitch is listed as “inaudible.”

    Paul SF December 15, 2006, 12:05 pm
  • Actually, I’d rather sit through a hilariously bad translation than the usual sports clich├ęs about “the greatest fans” and “giving 110%.”
    The Sox should keep this translator around, especially for when he finally meets Schilling.

    Hudson December 15, 2006, 12:30 pm
  • Maybe the translator should translate for Schilling?

    desturbd1 December 15, 2006, 12:36 pm
  • I’ll email Curt and ask him…

    SF December 15, 2006, 12:39 pm
  • I’d be surprised if, based on the value of this contract, there wasn’t a clause that disallowed all sorts of potentially dangerous interpersonal contact. Bear hugs from Big Papi being one of those PDICs.
    —————————–
    On that note, every single time Papi hits a homerun or drives in a few guys, and comes back to the duggout, I think he’s going to accidentally kill Johnny Pesky. Pesky always seems from that old-school, no man on man contact, but there’s literally nothing he can do about it. Every time, I think Johnny’s on his way out when Papi does that.

    Anonymous December 15, 2006, 12:53 pm
  • for what it’s worth, the herald says that the translator was “supplied by scott boras.”

    Yankee Fan In Boston December 15, 2006, 12:53 pm
  • Boras: “Okay, kid. This is the way we’re going to go about this tirade – act as if you can’t make the traslation between anything having to do with the following: contracts, negotiations, caving under pressure, Matsuzuka going back to Japan, and anything discussed on the airplane. Got it”?
    Tanslator: Yes sir Mr.Boras-san.
    Boras: “good, there’s probably going to be a couple reporters who will push this issue, and I just want you to translate babble back to Matsuzuka. There’s probably a little something in it for you if you play along.
    Translator: Yes sir. All monsters, babies, and Japanese history for these guys.

    Anonymous December 15, 2006, 1:01 pm
  • dammit, those were me. Friggin mousepad on this laptop is out of control. I can’t keep my thumb off it while typing, and every time I uncheck the box.

    Brad December 15, 2006, 1:03 pm
  • “Maybe the translator should translate for Schilling?”
    He doesn’t need a translator – “Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah” means b*llsh*t in any language known to man.

    Anonymous December 15, 2006, 1:19 pm
  • The last one was mine :0

    Andrews December 15, 2006, 1:20 pm
  • Blah Blah Blah” means b*llsh*t in any language known to man.
    _________________
    Yeah, maybe Schilling should hire a PR firm to script his thoughts for him. That way, when we’re all looking for a genuine bullshit reaction to things; a nicely written, completely correct, and amazingly boring response to everything. This way, there’s not backlash for saying what he really wants to say about the issue.

    Brad December 15, 2006, 1:23 pm
  • Although I do agree with you in some ways, Andrew, I like the fact that Schilling says what he wants when he wants and doesn’t really care what kind of fire it starts. It’s something that a lot of other players could benefit by. Showing a little human emotion to the fans. I know there’s one on the Yankees that could use such a characteristic. But I will say this: Everything that Schilling has said will happen this year (and mostly overall), has actually happened. He knows more than we thought, and when it seems he’s blowing off his mouth, he really is letting us know what’s going to happen.

    Brad December 15, 2006, 1:26 pm
  • Maybe if he hired that PR firm he could shed the “Red Light Curt” nickname. Good idea Brad! Email that suggestion to Schill, SF.

    Andrews December 15, 2006, 1:29 pm
  • Email that suggestion to Schill, SF
    ______
    No, don’t. Those releases are bogus and boring. They’re out to protect the perfect image of the player when we all know that that “litle stuff” and those “awards” results really, really piss them off. I enjoy hearing the real thing – not the cheap impersonation of it.

    Brad December 15, 2006, 1:32 pm
  • :)

    Brad December 15, 2006, 1:32 pm
  • Keep sippin’ that Xmas Schilling Kool Aid. As a matter of fact, I going to have a little Xmas cheer myself – later…

    Andrews December 15, 2006, 1:34 pm
  • Hey, Andrews. I tried to find the post, but to no avail – did you say that you’re in Law school right now?

    Brad December 15, 2006, 1:34 pm
  • No. I finished school in ’84.

    Andrews December 15, 2006, 1:42 pm
  • Okay. Someone in another thread said they are in law school, and I thought it was you. Sorry.

    Brad December 15, 2006, 1:52 pm
  • Just because someone speaks their mind doesn’t mean they’re less of a dumb-shit hick. Heh, lookit our great President.

    Andrew December 15, 2006, 1:56 pm
  • I’d pay serious money for a translator who could somehow render Schilling inaudible.

    Spidey December 15, 2006, 1:59 pm
  • Oh, boo hoo. Schilling talks too much, and you don’t agree with what he says when he gets political. Big freakin’ deal.
    The guy speaks his mind, sometimes says dumb stuff, and when he does, he apologizes for it later. Grow up, people. If you disagree with the man, you disagree with the man, but insulting him and his intelligence reflects far worse on your cognitive abilities than it does on his.

    Paul SF December 15, 2006, 2:27 pm
  • The Red Sox aquired Brendan Donnelly for Phil Seibel today.

    TJ Sox Fan December 15, 2006, 2:41 pm
  • actually, paul, i would disagree to an extent.
    sometimes a stupid remark is so stupid that it is perfectly acceptable to draw attention to it. in fact, i would say that in certain cases if one doesn’t do so, their inaction would reflect poorly upon them.
    i guess my point is that blanket statements either way are unfair.

    Yankee Fan In Boston December 15, 2006, 2:50 pm
  • ” but insulting him and his intelligence reflects far worse on your cognitive abilities than it does on his.”
    That, my friend, is a matter of opinion.

    Andrews December 15, 2006, 2:54 pm
  • “sometimes says dumb stuff, and when he does, he apologizes for it later.”
    This is a typo, I assume – should read: “says dumb stuff, and when he does, SOMETIMES apologizes for it later.” After, of course, receiving the publicity that goes hand in hand with his many dumb statements – the reason he opens his mouth in the first place.
    I’m out. Thats all I got for now.

    Andrews December 15, 2006, 2:57 pm
  • Hmmm…let the latest round of Red Sox Bullpen Roulette begin…

    Devine December 15, 2006, 3:00 pm
  • Oh boo hoo. So Schilling isn’t very smart except when it comes to baseball. If he only talked about baseball, no one would have an issue with it. But when he says dumb things, people are going to call him on it. When he says dumb things repeatedly, he’s going to be known as a dumbass. We Yankee fans know A-Rod is a dumbass where the media is concerned, and we just accept it. We don’t whine and complain when other people point it out.
    Why can’t you accept it Paul?

    Andrew December 15, 2006, 3:02 pm
  • Man, another Yankee druggie? What, are they handing them out for free somewhere?
    Posted by: Brad
    Giambi’s garage? Sorry…couldn’t help it.
    Posted by: desturbd1
    I’d pay serious money for a translator who could somehow render Schilling inaudible.
    Posted by: Spidey
    Why is there such a double standard here? Why is it ok for Sox fans to make comments deragatory to people’s character and NOT ok for Yankees fans? As soon as a Yankees fan makes a comment it gets reduced to “Grow up, people. If you disagree with the man, you disagree with the man, but insulting him and his intelligence reflects far worse on your cognitive abilities than it does on his.”
    Why is Name calling only ok when it’s someone in a red shirt screaming “Jeter Swallows?” Or when someone is calling the Yankees the “Evil Empire?” Double standards are wonderful!

    Anonymous December 15, 2006, 3:05 pm
  • My apologies, that was me. Didn’t want anyone to think I was a vagene and not post my name

    Triskaidekaphobia December 15, 2006, 3:06 pm
  • Hmm. Don’t remember Red Sox fans ever calling A-Rod a dumbass, Andrew. I suppose that could say something about the varying levels of discourse among yfs and sfs, but I don’t want to generalize.
    “sometimes a stupid remark is so stupid that it is perfectly acceptable to draw attention to it. in fact, i would say that in certain cases if one doesn’t do so, their inaction would reflect poorly upon them.”
    Agreed, YFiB, but has there ever been anything Schilling has said that has been so uncontrovertibly, undeniably stupid that he hasn’t apologized for later and admitted he shouldn’t have said it? One could be funny and say his support of Bush and the Republican Party is stupid, but that’s a political opinion, and if we were going to call out every sports figure, actor, musician or otherwise non-politician/talking head to spout their political opinions over the past four years — usually without basic knowledge of the facts of whatever situation they’re discussing — we would be here all day.

    Paul SF December 15, 2006, 3:10 pm
  • “Didn’t want anyone to think I was a vagene…”
    hilarious.

    Yankee Fan In Boston December 15, 2006, 3:11 pm
  • I have to agree with Andrews here. It definitely is a matter of opinion, and doesn’t have to do with cognitive abilities. Like it or not, Schilling has provided much fodder for people to either hate him or like him. I can see the positive argument for him, and the negative as well.

    Nick-YF December 15, 2006, 3:13 pm
  • Well, let’s see, Trisk — Brad didn’t actually insult anyone’s character. D-1 did with some sort of apology, although likely half-hearted, afterward. Neither is close to the post to which I responded:
    “Just because someone speaks their mind doesn’t mean they’re less of a dumb-shit hick. Heh, lookit our great President.”
    Tell me, Trisk, which comment among sfs rises to the level of Andrew’s gem?

    Paul SF December 15, 2006, 3:13 pm
  • mel gibson apologized.
    that “kramer” guy apologized.
    i’m not saying that anything schilling has said was anywhere NEAR the realm of idiocy that those two entered, but people remember statements long after the apology.
    that said, i try not to pay attention to sox quotes. (it is my own method of avoiding being brainwashed living in boston.) so i can’t give you any examples, but i wasn’t leading this charge, either.

    Yankee Fan In Boston December 15, 2006, 3:15 pm
  • I thinkw e can all agree that Schilling has said stupid stuff — even Schilling would agree that he has said stupid stuff.
    I do think that those leading this particular charge take their hatred of the Red Sox and their hatred of Bush, combine them and spew this venom on somebody who embodies both of those hatreds. It’s not fair to Schilling, and it’s not fair to the ideas they attempt to espouse. (The last time I checked, “dumb-shit hick” wasn’t among the Democratic Party talking points for the midterm elections, nor was it part of Joe Torre’s pep talk in the 2004 ALCS).

    Paul SF December 15, 2006, 3:19 pm
  • No Paul Brad didn’t insult “Someone’s” character, he insulted the whole organization. There’s always a loophole. I am NOT defending Andrew by any means, I am only saying this is a two way street. Has been for MANY years and will be WAY after we are gone.

    Triskaidekaphobia December 15, 2006, 3:21 pm
  • actually, torre used the phrase AFTER the kenny rogers game in the ALDS.

    Yankee Fan In Boston December 15, 2006, 3:22 pm
  • I’m not Andrew, I’m Andrews – just in case anyone missed that s on the end.
    Anyway, I’m not out on the schill topic just yet. Francona was interviewed on the Dan Patrick show yesterday, and said that when Schilling’s number pops up on his phone, he doesn’t pick up very often. Seems even Curt’s friend have a BS limit. Ha!

    Andrews December 15, 2006, 3:23 pm
  • friends, sorry

    Andrews December 15, 2006, 3:24 pm
  • politics aside, i think that schilling has rubbed some people the wrong way. (i also think he does this intentionally from time to time a la “mystique and aura”.) i also think that once you do that, you open yourself up to being viewed in this way, warranted or not. (randy johnson is another name i’d write under that heading.)
    …not that this will help my fellow YFs defend themselves, but it might be something to consider.

    Yankee Fan In Boston December 15, 2006, 3:26 pm
  • http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/schilling1.html
    Schilling hasn’t exactly been politically correct all the time. Did he apologize for this?
    This is to say, that yes, Schilling has said plenty of stupid stuff, but it’s unclear whether he truly has owned up to that fact. And, perhaps, that’s an unreasonable thing to ask of another human being. Heck, every two days you are witness to some stupid shit that I’ve come up with (hopefully, my stupid stuff doesn’t belittle anyone else and hurt their feelings), but I think the sheer volume of Schilling’s verbal output makes him a target for dislike. And I don’t think it’s only Yanks fans and Bush haters who dislike him.

    Nick-YF December 15, 2006, 3:29 pm
  • I understand if he rubs people the wrong way. People open themselves up for criticism if they willingly put their opinions out there. Heck, we’re all doing that right now.
    I don’t mind the criticism so much. I’ve let it slide here a lot in the past. It seems pretty clear that Andrew’s (signular) comment far exceeded that, however.

    Paul SF December 15, 2006, 3:34 pm
  • moving on, mike timlin is a total ass.

    Yankee Fan In Boston December 15, 2006, 3:36 pm
  • heh.

    Yankee Fan In Boston December 15, 2006, 3:36 pm
  • Well said Nick.
    “And I don’t think it’s only Yanks fans and Bush haters who dislike him.”
    I have a couple sox fan friends who dislike schilling as much as I do. ( When he’s off the mound, naturally)

    Andrews December 15, 2006, 3:43 pm
  • I said that a lot of the venom seems to be coming from those who are both Sox and Bush haters, not that dislike of Schilling was embodied solely in those two groups.

    Paul SF December 15, 2006, 3:52 pm
  • But Paul, this is YFSF, so your working sample, of course, is going to have a large number of Yanks fans (and dare I guess, liberals?).

    Nick-YF December 15, 2006, 3:54 pm

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