As some of you know, I used to cover college basketball in another life. Daisuke Matsuzaka’s first pitch tonight reminded me of tip-off in the NCAA championship game because of all the flashbulbs going off.
Matsuzaka is a certified sensation here in Boston. There were hundreds of fans in “Dice-K” t-shirts walking around the concourse before the game and there’s a Dunkin’ Donuts sign in right field in Japanese. He’s all you see on television and hear on the radio.
In a global view, it’s great for baseball that Matsuzaka ended up in Boston. His pitching for the Yankees or Mets would not be as big a deal because both teams have had Japanese players.
It’s a shame Hideki Matsui isn’t in the lineup, it would have been fun to watch them face each other. But that time will come soon enough, probably on Friday night.
Meanwhile, Sebern Chase Wright of Iowa Park, Texas, is holding his own.