Dice-K To Return To Japan, Take His Mythical Gyroball With Him

After six seasons with the Red Sox and two with the Mets, Daisuke Matsuzaka is apparently returning to Japan, considering a contract with the defending champion Fukuoka Softbank Hawks. He'll always be remembered for the hype, and for his unhittable pitch that in reality is all but unthrowable. » 11/25/14 2:41pm 11/25/14 2:41pm

Unspinning The Mythical Gyroball, The Demon Miracle Pitch That Wasn't

It's Fight Night In The Bronx

Because no one reads the newspaper, and SportsCenter's anchors are too perky for this early in the morning, Deadspin combs the best of the broadsheets and the blogosphere to bring you everything you need to know to start your day. » 9/16/09 6:30am 9/16/09 6:30am

Warm Your Butt In The Dice-K Memorial Bathrooms

The Boston Red Sox paid the Seibu Lions $51.1 million for the right to take Daisuke Matsuzaka off their hands. So what did they do with the money? New toilet seats for everyone! » 5/04/09 2:50pm 5/04/09 2:50pm

Daisuke Matsuzaka and his wife are now the proud parents of a newborn gyrobaby. "The team did not say where the birth took place." We are evidently not allowed to assume it was the vagina. [Sox & Dawgs] » 3/15/08 4:50pm 3/15/08 4:50pm

Red Sox Wonder Where All That Free Yen Went

When the Red Sox bid that ridiculous amount just for the right to offer Daisuke Matsuzaka a contract, one of the ancillary benefits was supposed to be all the Japanese endorsements he would bring in. (And take away from the Yankees.) But it looks like that hasn't happened at all. » 11/21/07 11:40am 11/21/07 11:40am

Dice-K Has Expensive Balls (Sorry)

How much would you pay for a baseball signed by Daisuke Matsuzaka? We ask this not as theoretical. There's an actual, concrete price, and ... well, uh, it seems like a lot. » 8/15/07 12:35pm 8/15/07 12:35pm

The Mascot Wars Are Beginning


This video, shot during Red Sox spring training, features Red Sox non-gyroballer Daisuke Matsuzaka stepping into an intercontinental mascot feud. That mascot is some serious nightmare fuel; what is it, exactly. Suddenly, our fear of the Phillie Phanatic seems quaint, novel. » 7/24/07 3:30pm 7/24/07 3:30pm

The Gyroball Rock

A little late on this, but if you were wondering whether Daisuke Matsuzaka was blessed with musical talent, rest assured, folks, the guy has mad vocal skillz. And by "mad vocal skills," we mean, he warbles songs to warm your heart and soul. He's like the Japanese Oprah. » 6/26/07 12:15pm 6/26/07 12:15pm

Mnookin: Another Crazed Night At Fenway

Last night, Fenway Park came alive once again, in that weird, psychotic way that only Fenway Park can come alive. Even though it turned out to be the King Felix show, it still had the feel of a historic night ... well, for April, anyway. » 4/12/07 5:15pm 4/12/07 5:15pm

Ichiro Vs. Dice-K, Round One

Because we grew up in the middle of a cornfield surrounded by nothing but grain silos and chubby cows, the whole Boston Red Sox/New York Yankees madness sometimes escapes us. But even we can't ignore the inherent excitement of a Dice-K vs. Ichiro matchup tonight at Fenway Park. » 4/11/07 6:15pm 4/11/07 6:15pm

Which One Is Mothra Again?

On Wednesday, Daisuke Matsuzaka will make his Fenway Park debut ... and it's not just a big day for him and the Red Sox, it's also huge for the Japanese baseball fans. Because it's not only Dice-K out there; he's going to face Ichiro Suzuki. If only they could pull Hideki Matsui off the DL for a day and let him… » 4/09/07 5:00pm 4/09/07 5:00pm

Aei! It's The Gyroball! Run For Your Lives!

What is the gyroball? New pitch from outer space? Nothing but the Japanese version of a slider? A type of hamster wheel that runs our servers? A pitch that's contractually obligated to be the subject of an in-depth piece on every major sports Web site? The answers are shrouded in mystery. But Texas Rangers hurler… » 2/26/07 1:30pm 2/26/07 1:30pm

Dice-K Has Some Spring Training Work To Do

Red Sox Monster brings up something that has to give Red Sox fans considerable pause: When he showed up at spring training this week, new Boston pitching savior Daisuke Matsuzaka appeared to be, oh, a little chubbier than one might have expected. » 2/16/07 12:45pm 2/16/07 12:45pm

Prepare Thyself For Dice K

Red Sox fans, take heart: You can now see Dice K himself, Daisuke Matsuzaka, pitching in a Red Sox uniform, kind of. In this ad for Asahi beer — we love that people can physically drink the beer in Japanese commercials — Dice K dons the duds and even throws a pitch, albeit with some less-than-convincing… » 2/01/07 5:05pm 2/01/07 5:05pm

Meet The Ms. Dice-K

As we begin to learn a bit more about Daisuke Matsuzaka, the newest sliver of heroin to the junkies of Red Sox Nation, we, as we all tend to do, take a look at his homelife. Specifically, his wife, Tomoyo Shibata, who, according to the outstanding research of UmpBump, has caused a stir in Japan for rocking the cradle,… » 12/20/06 2:45pm 12/20/06 2:45pm

The Matsuzaka Has Landed

Well, the world of Red Sox fans can breathe a sliver easier this morning; Daisuke Matsuzaka has signed his (reasonable, really) deal and is now officially a target of the Boston faithful. We find it amusing that one of the first things he had to do when his plane landed was undergo a physical; turning his head and… » 12/14/06 10:30am 12/14/06 10:30am

D-Mat, D-Mat, Come Home To Us, D-Mat!

Because the land of Red Sox fans is an intense one, one that we approach gingerly and with palms spread wide open, we don't want any trouble here, we feel like we should check in on the Daisuke Matsuzaka business. We enjoy that the Red Sox Nation is up in arms and screaming about a player who suddenly holds the key to… » 12/13/06 12:45pm 12/13/06 12:45pm

The Madness Of Matsuzaka

As Baseball Prospectus' Joe Sheehan has been warning us, and Yahoo's Jeff Passan echoes, the baseball contracts you're going to see this winter will blow your mind; teams are ready to spend like crazy. But, still: Our jaws are still dropped that the Boston Red Sox are paying $51.1 million just for the right to sign… » 11/15/06 10:00am 11/15/06 10:00am