April 5 -- Red Sox 4, Royals 1
Daisuke Matsuzaka lived up to the massive hype. The 26-year-old threw 108 pitches, struck out 10, and began what might just be a sterling career in the major leagues. But nothing was like that first moment. When Matsuzaka stepped to the mound, flashbulbs exploding, and threw his first pitch as a member of the Red Sox, it was momentous.
(Globe Staff Photo / Jim Davis)