Daisuke threw 103 pitches in his first bullpen session yesterday. Seriously. Jason Varitek sounds giddy in his quotes:
“He stayed pretty consistent,” Varitek said. “He stayed at a pace. It wasn’t rapid-fire and he paid attention to details to repeat what he needed to do. He ratcheted it up as he went along, so I got to see another gear on some of his pitches.”
In fairness, the Herald points out,
Matsuzaka...is coming from a team that deployed a six-man rotation in a league that has a built-in day off every Monday.
So he's used to throwing more pitches, but less often. They'll have to stretch him out a bit, re-shape him, in a way. But I think right now they just wanted the $103 million kid to put on a show.
How soon can we we expect a frothing editorial in the Globe demanding to know why Manny can't get out there and throw 103 pitches?
Also: DEAR DAVID ORTIZ,
And: For those of you waiting for me to comment on the Schilling situation...I really don't know what to say right now. I'm angry with Curt for, as Denton points out, negotiating through the media, though I'm not surprised. I'm angry with Red Sox ownership for paying to field JD Drew and balking at locking Schilling in for another year. I'm angry with Curt for pulling a Roger Clemens and then just expecting the Red Sox to rearrange their plans around it. I'm angry with the Red Sox for quibbling over $13 million for their World Series hero. I'm angry at the thought of another of The 25 finishing his career elsewhere--when that career is so close to over, you'd think it would be easy for the Sox to just extend the contract. Basically, I'm pretty pissed off at both sides; the long and short of it is I think the way Curt has handled it has understandably put off the management, but I think Theo might also be cutting off his nose to spite his face over it. Also, there has been the infamous "I would never play for the Yankees" speech already, at which I simply put my fingers in my ears and go LA LA LA...