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.

Below, our story on the search for the gyroball, and the confusion, misinformation, and fetishization that accompanied its supposed arrival in America.