The Countdown to LaunchHello Matsuzaka Watch true believers. I've been very lax about posting since Matsuzaka signed his Major League deal, mainly because there has been little real news, but also for the busy task of caring for my newborn son.
The countdown to Spring Training begins, and I'm ready to get back into full court press mode at Matsuzaka Watch. The offseason is far too long, and the dull days of a baseball-less winter are finally fading into history. You'll notice that I gave the blog a facelift recently with the Green Monster banner, and some additional Red Sox related links in the right hand margin. There will be more on the way as we get closer to the season, including a "projected next start" marker that will help the casual fan keep tabs on the rotation and each Daisuke appearance. I also reopened the comments section. Without the competing fandoms swirling around the posting process, I think the commentary should be a lot more interesting. Go to it.
In the meantime, I'm working on a couple of big pieces to kick things off for the debut of our young hero. Without letting the cat out of the bag too much, I'm trying to put the final pieces together on an interview with a well known pitching expert to talk about the type of things we should expect from Daisuke's new MLB routine, and how it departs from his overloaded Japan background. I'm also working on some writing about the gyroball. It seems that CNNSI (among others) have beaten me to the punch as the season approaches. There is a very nice piece by "Sake Drenched Postcards" own Brett Bull cross-posted for your enjoyment. I've been mulling over the gyroball piece for some months now. I have the power point presentations and video clips from the team responsible for hypothesizing the pitch, and it's very interesting. Matsuzaka is featured prominently in the report, although how exactly he participated is a bit cloudy.
Dr. Himeno and his team work on the motions required to generate a gyroball by observing the "human swing technique" involved in generating torque during a golf swing. I'll get into more details on a rainy day, but suffice it to say these guys are serious.
I'll also be examining the Red Sox rotation a bit, and discussing some of the pitching rotation issues that may emerge under a number of different scenarios. I'm happy to announce the creation of a mailbag feature that I'll be running fairly often. Send your questions and comments by clicking the link at the top of the sidebar. Get ready for a boatload of Matsuzaka related commentary. The season is about to begin.....