Thursday, October 04, 2012

Sully Baseball Salutes Daisuke Matsuzaka

There will be a lot written about the Red Sox over the next bunch of days. And chances are Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched his last game as a member of the Boston Red Sox.

His final game was last night's disastrous outing at Yankee Stadium that finished the season.

His six years as a member of the Red Sox ended with a whimper.
He has become a millionaire many times over but never lived up to the hype of being the best pitcher in the world when he arrived from Japan.

But Dice-K's departure means yet another member of a World Champion Red Sox team is now gone.

There are fewer and fewer Red Sox with World Series rings in their clubhouse. The link the the recent glory is becoming more and more faint.

We never saw the gyroball. He never was the dominant pitcher we were promised.

But his first season was a decent 15 win campaign. And his second year, 2008, he finished fourth in the Cy Young vote, going 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA.

And lest we forget in 2007 he won two games besides his 15 regular season victories. He got the victory in the Game 7 ALCS victory over the Cleveland Indians. Then he got the win and drove in a pair of runs in Game 3 of the 2007 World Series.

His final four seasons were worthless, each seemingly worse than the last.

But he has a World Series ring as a member of the Red Sox. A decade ago we would have lost our minds if we knew that the 2000's would bring about a pair of titles for the team.

So Red Sox fans salure Daisuke Matsuzaka. There are not many champion Red Sox left to salute.

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