The 5:15 a.m. wakeup call today was not real pleasant. But after a restless sleep on the plane, here we are in Tampa somewhat ready to go.
Meanwhile, tonight’s game will be a very big deal in Japan. Hideki Matsui will be activated off the disabled list and Kei Igawa will be pitching against the Rays. He will be facing Aki Iwamura.
Igawa (Hanshin Tigers) and Iwamura (Yakult Swallows) were on rival teams in the Central League. According to a pal in the Japanese media (thanks, Gaku) Iwamura was 25 of 86 against Igawa with three homers and 28 strikeouts.
Meanwhile – and I am praying this isn’t true – one of the papers here says that the first 10,000 fans in the Tropicana Dome will receive cowbells. Cowbells, seriously? Cowbells?
The Bose headphones will be a getting a workout tonight.