Sunday, February 11, 2007

Simply Daisuke.......

An amazing story of our pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka when he pitched a 17 inning game.....by himself. From the NY Times. I recommend reading the entire article. You'll be blown away! Click on the title of this post. I'll be back with a few things to say.

"Daisuke Matsuzaka had dirt on both knees of his gray uniform pants, dirt splattered on the front of his jersey and dirt smudges near his right elbow. He had pitched 16 innings, thrown well over 200 pitches, and now this stained, resilient athlete was warming up for inning No. 17. Yet here was Matsuzaka, throwing pitch after pitch and barely resting between innings. With the 17th looming and Matsuzaka needing to get his 49th, 50th and 51st outs of the game, he stayed loose by tossing a ball along the left-field foul line.
Of the countless details that can be culled from analyzing a videotape of Matsuzaka’s performance that day in Japan’s prestigious Koshien high school tournament, the sight of him warming up when many pitchers would have been falling down was as revealing as any. There would be no rest for this 17-year-old.
After he unleashed his 250th pitch, he kept his right leg dangling in the air at the end of his delivery to see if his slider would finally end the game. When it was called a strike, when Matsuzaka had secured Yokohama’s 9-7 victory over PL Gakuen, he simply lowered his head. It might have been his only option, a gesture of relief."

Peter here, and WOW! Over the four days of the high school tournament, he pitched every game, going 535 pitches! (thank you BFW for the correction...I don't know what I'd do without you!) That's right! Five hundred thirty five pitches. And two days later Daisuke pitched his team to victory with a complete game. Oh, it was a NO HITTER!
What Daiske will do in this country will be known and known soon by fans of MLB all over the country. For those of you who have heard enough of the media hype and want to hear no more until he goes into his first windup on an American pitching mound, hold on to your hats. Daisuke is coming!

I heartily recommend reading this article in its entirety. I was amazed. Click on the title of this post, and if you're not smiling by its end, I'd be surprised. VERY surprised! And you KNOW that I know you well enough to KNOW you'll be smiling EAR TO EAR. So trust me on this one, and click on the title. Your thanks can be left in the comment section.

P.S. That was a little tounge in cheek humor, but it was MY of way saying, "Read the article. You WILL enjoy it." And there's a money-back guarantee! Enjoy your Sunday...every one of you! Thanks for reading.

19 Comments:

At 2/11/2007 12:27 PM, Blogger lauren said...

That's amazing. We need a guy who can pitch like this.

 
At 2/11/2007 12:48 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Hi, Lauren...I agree!! Hey, did you win yesterday, to stay UNDEFEATED? I so hope so! I almost know so...it was your birthday.........Peter

 
At 2/11/2007 1:19 PM, Blogger Fenway Blogger said...

Who is this guy Daisuke Matsuzaka?

;-)))

His first batter in Fenway has to be Ichiro! Imagine that scene?

We all need to send thank you notes to the Sox brass!

He seems like a can't miss!

Schilling and Beckett are great but Pedro is are last real phenom that put a buzz in Fenway all the time!

 
At 2/11/2007 1:28 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Hi FB...believe it or not, the way our Sox have set up the rotation, it will not be Suz.......I'ma happy guy though!
Thanks for the comment...Peter

 
At 2/11/2007 1:28 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

ALWAYS!!!!!!!

 
At 2/11/2007 2:17 PM, Blogger Fenway Blogger said...

Peter,
I am curious how you figure DiceK will not pitch against Seattle in the first 3 games at Fenway. They are our 7th,8th and 9th games of the start of the season? I am guessing DiceK to be #3 starter? Just curious?

 
At 2/11/2007 2:48 PM, Blogger Kaylee said...

That is amazing.BUT I hate to bring your hopes down but,remember that was only in HIGH SCHOOL.He pitching against major leaguers now!Lets not forget that.WE NEED HIM TO BE GOOD THOUGH!

 
At 2/11/2007 3:09 PM, Blogger Maryland Orioles' Fan said...

That's crazy. Good luck to you guys in Beantown.

D-Mat no matter how he does will captivate baseball, and ESPN sure will milk it for what it's worth.

- Anthony, the Oriole Post

 
At 2/11/2007 3:27 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

FB, I was thinking of the opening games at KC! Sorry....and Kaylee, my hopes are dashed! Just kidding....

 
At 2/11/2007 3:28 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

And thanks Anthony!!

 
At 2/11/2007 4:33 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Kaylee, you can't bring my hopes down! In fact, YOUR'S should be up!!! Sorry you're not in a good mood! Night all!!!!!!

 
At 2/11/2007 5:24 PM, Blogger Kaylee said...

I am in a great mood!AT least I think I am!

 
At 2/11/2007 8:42 PM, Blogger Andy said...

535 innings in 5 days! No American can do that in a whole season! WOW!

 
At 2/11/2007 8:54 PM, Blogger laura said...

Clearly he can handle pressure, which is a huge must in Boston. I can't wait to see him pitch.

 
At 2/11/2007 9:16 PM, Blogger lauren said...

I think he'll live up to our expectations. He won't be pitching no-hitters after no-hitters, or 3 straight 9+ inning games, but he's gonna be great.

And yeah, Peter, we won yesterday. 13-0-2 now. Still undefeated, and now we're league champs. We've been DCL champs for the past 8 years, and this makes 9. Thanks for asking =)

 
At 2/12/2007 6:41 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Congrats Lauren. Thanks to everyone for their comments. And I know he was in high school at the time...he's bigger and better now! That was one of the things i wanted to point out! See ya later!!

 
At 2/12/2007 10:58 AM, Blogger Bosox Fan in Wichita said...

Just a little correction ... that was 535 PITCHES, not innings. If it was innings, that would be 60 full games in 5 days. Are there enough hours in 5 days to do that?
I'm just glad it's been a number of years since that happened, so he's proven that tournament didn't ruin his arm. I'm sure there are a lot of pitching coaches out there that would have NEVER let him throw 250 pitches in a game ... no matter how young & strong he was. You're just betting a player's whole career on one high school game. Amazing!

 
At 2/12/2007 11:36 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

BFW. Thanks! Sometimes I'm a dummy! But I mean well.......

 
At 2/12/2007 11:39 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

I fixed it! And my thanks forever!

 

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