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Dice-K’s Nightmare – Did you get any sleep last night?

After sleeping and reflecting on last night’s game I think it was a nigthmare scenario for Dice-K, the Red Sox and Boston fans. This is the first home start of Dice-K’s career, we have been hearing about it for weeks, we have been blasted with clips of Dice-K striking out Ichiro three times 8 years ago, ESPN was hyping the game for days and the national press descended on Fenway. And what happened…..Dice-K was completely overshadowed by King Felix and he took the loss. Not only was he overshadowed, it left people speechless. The King strutted into Fenway and threw down a one hitter throwing 99-100 mph sinking fastballs, 93 mph sliders that had multiple feet of break on them and a change that was hitting 87 and then even slower as the game wore on. Felix was plain filthy and unhittable. He hit corners, he made batters flinch at his breaking pitches and he made guys swing and miss. He did not throw down 12 Ks but it did not matter…he simply dominated. So now the Red Sox and Boston media are left thinking what did we get for $100 million. Dice-K can beat the Royals easily but can he face established MLB hitters every start and succeed? I for one do not know and will look forward to finding out. What I did learn is the King Felix is an incredible talent and for a kid who just turned 21, I can not wait to watch him more. Dice-K has a lot left to prove…

1) Can he live up to expectiations?
2) Can he face the Boston media pressure?
3) Can he face the Japanese media pressure?
4) Can he learn to control his adrenaline? Dice-K’s pitches dropped in velocity and he became more wild as the game wore on.

And for King Felix? I can not wait to watch you pitch again and I think you need a new nickname…maybe King Nasty will fit for awhile.

Red Sox fans…I would be very nervous if I were you because Dice-K was a bust last night and has a lot to prove to the rest of us.

So what are people saying around the country:

ESPN – http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/preview?gameId=270412102

MLB – http://mlb.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20070411&content_id=1893414&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

Boston Globe – http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2007/04/12/on_this_night_not_good_enough/

These articles are great. No more hype, no more excuses, no more promotion. Dice-K was outpitched and was the lesser of the two starters. The King reigned supreme and will continue to do so. Now we can move away from the who does Dice-K compare to…a Pedro in his prime, Clemens, etc…and we can wait to see who Dice-K really is in a Red Sox uniform pitching in front of large crowds and a media circus. So lets stop rpoclaiming this guy the next coming and lets enjoy the season and see if Dice-K can pitch successfully start in and start out and see if he can beat lineups that are not the Royals. I look at facts and so far the facts showed a mediocre pitcher.

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April 12, 2007 - Posted by | Dice-K, ESPN, gyroball, Ichiro, Japan, Mariners, Matsuzaka, MLB, Red Sox, Royals, Sports

3 Comments »

  1. So you aren’t a fan of Dice-K I presume??

    Listen, I’m not sure where you get off saying that Dice-K was a “bust”. Seven Innings pitched, four strikeouts and three earned runs: those are Dice-K’s stats from the Seattle game Wednesday night and those stats are that bad. Is this guy suppose to win every night? I don’t think so. I think it would have also helped if the Red Sox offense got started last night. Instead, some unbelievable pitching by Félix Hernández shut them down. On a usual night, The Red Sox would be putting up between 4 and 6 runs.

    I am now going to answer your lame questions:

    Can he live up to expectation?
    -I think he can. He’ll have a good season and win between 15-18 games. Is that good enough for you or does he need to win 20+ games for you to be satisfied?

    Can he face the Boston media pressure?
    -He’s been facing media pressure since he’s been 18 years old. He’ll be fine

    Can he face the Japanese media pressure?
    -See previous answer

    Can he learn to control his adrenalin?
    -Obviously he can control his adrenaline. Granted there was probably a little bit more due to his first game at Fenway as a Red Sox. He’s only human.

    The comparison issues are lame as well. This was his second game for Christ sake!

    But you are right…. no more excuses. No more hype. Dice-K will deliver this season for the Boston Red Sox. You can count on that

    Comment by Nuttmeg | April 12, 2007 | Reply

  2. The Mariners team average going into the last few games was under .200.

    Dice-K may be good but he has only faced the Royals and a horrible offensive team in the M’s.

    All Hail King Felix!

    Comment by husky13836 | April 16, 2007 | Reply

  3. Nutmeg,

    You are right-it was Nomo II’s 2nd start. That is exactly our point! Going into just his 2ND START, everyone was ready to hail him as the second coming. The fact of the matter is that in two starts, he dominated a glorified AAA team and got beat by a team that coming into that game had played only a few games and had a collective team average of around .200. Hardly worth even talking about, regardless of what country he is from. He was beat by a far superior pitcher, by a team (as you would agree) with an inferior offense, at home on a HUGE global stage. Face it-he is overrated.

    The only things I will count on Nomo II delivering are pizzas because he will be out of the majors in a few years. The only thing that will keep him here is his lame contract. By the end of the season, he will be a .500 pitcher and Theo and the Sawx font office will be scratching their heads and wondering how the hell they could have dropped $100 mil on a guy they could have picked up for the price of a #6 value meal at McDonald’s.

    Go back to the Nomo II fan club and tell them your idol is a douche bag and highly overrated.

    Comment by runnypelvisthefat | April 17, 2007 | Reply


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