March 30, 2007


From a transcript of a lengthy Q&A with Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima:
Matsuzaka: "I think rather than saying that I was a fan of the [Yankees], I had something for pinstripes as a uniform. Even teams in Japan, whether it was high schools or whatever. When I first joined the Japanese national team, at the time, our uniform had vertical pinstripes, too. From that moment on, I just had a thing for vertical stripes. That being said, I don't really like the Hanshin Tigers.
[bangs head on desk]

Dice also acted out his most vivid memory of the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry, suddenly slamming his right elbow (!) on the table. Translator Masa Hoshino: "That was Pedro throwing down Zimmer."

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