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Daisuke Matsuzaka is in the best shape of his life

Feb 15, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

The Sox weren’t happy with Dice-K’s conditioning last year, but his offseason was good enough that I feel comfortable giving him the official BSOHL seal of approval:

The righthander arrived here
Thursday and worked out at the team complex the last two days. After a
winter that included several sessions at the Athletes’ Performance
training center in Arizona, Matsuzaka appears to be in better condition
than last season.

“He worked hard this winter, that’s evident,” general manager Theo Epstein said. “He has lost weight.”

Nice to hear he’s in shape, but the real questions surround his pride and candor. His struggles last year may have had a basis in a lack of conditioning, but they were exacerbated by his failure to disclose his injuries — a groin pull, mostly — and by allowing the Red Sox to pitch him when he wasn’t healthy. That led to ineffectiveness and shoulder problems.

Even guys who are in good shape get hurt. Hopefully Matsuzaka will let everyone know about it if it happens again.

  1. eddieperez23 - Feb 15, 2010 at 9:12 AM

    Story #1 of at least several hundred that will be written this week on how “Player X” on “team Y” is in so much better shape this season. I’m sure when hitters report we’ll hear from the Boston papers how great a shape Big Papi and Varitek are in…yawn.

  2. BC - Feb 15, 2010 at 9:14 AM

    Yeah, and what shape IS that exactly, round? Hideki Irabu, Part Deux…

  3. Old Gator - Feb 15, 2010 at 9:37 AM

    No doubt he’s spent much of the offseason frequenting the fuku parlors in the Ginza, since he can afford blowfish fresh off the boat from Shimabara and have them flown up to Tokyo packed in dry ice, then after digging the saki and gutspots he’d be running downstairs to the baths and the Geishas. That‘ll get you into the best shape of your life, at least gonadatrophically speaking. And if you scarf a wee bit too much of the gland (which you really shouldn’t if you’ve chosen your itamesan with care) and translate to the Akashic record in the arms of your bathing beauty, well, it’d be a lot like dying on acid at a Dead concert. Can’t really lose either way.

  4. BC - Feb 15, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    That’s 79 points in Scrabble, even without double-letter or double-word. Nice one.

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