Although this video is all in Japanese, you really can see baseball as a universal and global language when Matsuzaka is pitching to Ichiro. And you can definitely see why that even at the age of 18 Daisuke still had filthy pitches. Looking at his slide and fastball in these video's is pretty crazy, and to think he was only 18 here. Hopefully we'll see more of the same today, but Beckett struck out Ichiro three times yesterday, and I'd be very surprised to see it happen again.
Either way, this is going to be another fun first for Matsuzaka as he again faces off against his countrymate Ichiro. A note to anyone lucky enough to be there tonight (I'm still on the fence about trying to scalp a ticket) don't get the spicy tuna...sushi and Fenway Park just can't be a good idea! Have some post-victory rolls at Fugakyu in Brookline instead :-)