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Matsuzaka pitches at Newton North.... or does he?

Posted by Martin Finucane April 27, 2007 11:41 AM

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Matsuzaka in action
(Reuters photo by Brian Snyder)

NEWTON

Columnist Dan Shaughnessy imagines Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka throwing just about everywhere he goes, including Newton North High, as he keeps his arm loose, in a fanciful column today.

Shaughnessy writes:

Remember last Sunday night at Fenway against the Yankees? Most of you went to bed after the Sox completed the sweep, just before midnight. Not Dice-K. He went over to Belmont Hill and did some throwing to former Sox catcher Rich Gedman. They got done around 3 in the morning.

On his way home from Belmont Hill, Dice-K saw one of those rickety station wagons trolling through his neighborhood, delivering the Monday morning newspapers. Dice-K got into the car, rode shotgun with the guy, and starting throwing newspapers onto porches. Apparently he wanted to keep his shoulder loose.

The Sox wouldn't let him throw Monday, so he stopped at Howard Ferguson Field at Newton North High School on the way to Fenway. He threw to North catcher Ryan McCarthy for about an hour. Then he walked over to the football stadium and tossed footballs with some kids who were hanging out after school. Done with the footballs, he went to the track and threw the javelin for a half-hour.

On the way to his car, Dice-K was distracted by the Newton North ultimate Frisbee team. He joined them for some tosses. He was amazed to learn that the ultimate Frisbee kids already knew how to throw the Gyro.

Full disclosure here: Everything above was made up. None of it happened. But it is perhaps only a slight exaggeration.

... And so Shaughnessy's flight of fancy came back to earth. None of it really happened.

But Matsuzaka does love to throw -- and he'll be back on the mound tonight facing the Yankees in New York.

-- Adam Sell

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