The Boston Red Sox hope they’ve snatched a rising star from the land of the rising sun.
Daisuke Matsuzaka is a young pitcher who is a national hero in his native Japan, and he arrived in Boston last night with Red Sox President Larry
Lucchino and General Manager Theo Epstein with the high expectations of another nation – Red Sox nation – squarely on the shoulder of his powerful right arm.
The Red Sox are committing millions of dollars to a hurler who has yet to throw a single pitch in the major leagues, but as ESPN’s Buster Olney says, the pressure to get a deal done was even greater on Matsuzaka than on the Red Sox. Olney spoke with Mitch Wertlieb about the pitcher.