An amazing story of our pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka when he pitched a 17 inning game.....by himself. From the NY Times. I recommend reading the entire article. You'll be blown away! Click on the title of this post. I'll be back with a few things to say.
"Daisuke Matsuzaka had dirt on both knees of his gray uniform pants, dirt splattered on the front of his jersey and dirt smudges near his right elbow. He had pitched 16 innings, thrown well over 200 pitches, and now this stained, resilient athlete was warming up for inning No. 17. Yet here was Matsuzaka, throwing pitch after pitch and barely resting between innings. With the 17th looming and Matsuzaka needing to get his 49th, 50th and 51st outs of the game, he stayed loose by tossing a ball along the left-field foul line.
Of the countless details that can be culled from analyzing a videotape of Matsuzaka’s performance that day in Japan’s prestigious Koshien high school tournament, the sight of him warming up when many pitchers would have been falling down was as revealing as any. There would be no rest for this 17-year-old.
After he unleashed his 250th pitch, he kept his right leg dangling in the air at the end of his delivery to see if his slider would finally end the game. When it was called a strike, when Matsuzaka had secured Yokohama’s 9-7 victory over PL Gakuen, he simply lowered his head. It might have been his only option, a gesture of relief."
Peter here, and WOW! Over the four days of the high school tournament, he pitched every game, going 535 pitches! (thank you BFW for the correction...I don't know what I'd do without you!) That's right! Five hundred thirty five pitches. And two days later Daisuke pitched his team to victory with a complete game. Oh, it was a NO HITTER!
What Daiske will do in this country will be known and known soon by fans of MLB all over the country. For those of you who have heard enough of the media hype and want to hear no more until he goes into his first windup on an American pitching mound, hold on to your hats. Daisuke is coming!
I heartily recommend reading this article in its entirety. I was amazed. Click on the title of this post, and if you're not smiling by its end, I'd be surprised. VERY surprised! And you KNOW that I know you well enough to KNOW you'll be smiling EAR TO EAR. So trust me on this one, and click on the title. Your thanks can be left in the comment section.
P.S. That was a little tounge in cheek humor, but it was MY of way saying, "Read the article. You WILL enjoy it." And there's a money-back guarantee! Enjoy your Sunday...every one of you! Thanks for reading.