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Gammons: Matsuzaka doesn't trust people

Posted on: June 3, 2011 7:44 pm
Edited on: June 3, 2011 8:05 pm

By Evan Brunell

Peter Gammos appeared on WEEI Friday to speak about a host of topics, namely Daisuke Matsuzaka, whom the iconic sportswriter said will probably never pitch again for the Red Sox.

“The player’s made up his mind he’s going to have Tommy John surgery,” Gammons said. “And if that’s the case, it’s a minimum of 15 months, so what are we talking about, August? He’s not coming back August to September next year. He’s going to go to Japan. His contract’s up at the end of next year. He can go back to Japan.”

The fact that Dice-K may go back to Japan is interesting, but it appears as if Matsuzaka just doesn't work in the United States. He chafes under the American way of baseball, ranging from the way Boston wants him to exercise to not being able to rack up pitch counts, trying to nibble instead of attack. The list goes on. Leading up to the recent decision to have Tommy John surgery, there have been constant clashes and communication issues that could all be borne out of the fact that Matsuzaka "doesn't trust people," as Dice-K's agent told Gammons.

"It’s very hard to build up a relationship with a franchise if a guy doesn’t trust them," Gammons added. "I don’t think he really made a great effort to adjust to this culture. I think that was one of the problems, the communication and the adjustment to the culture, which he didn’t really go in for."

If Matsuzaka never pitches in the MLB again, which appears probable, he'll leave behind failed expectations after a shocking $51.1 million posting fee and hoopla that ranked him as one of the best Japanese pitchers to ever play.

"I think at times he was a pretty good pitcher, his first two years," Gammons noted of Matsuzaka, who went a combined 33-15 with a 3.72 ERA in 61 starts in 2007 and 2008, earning a World Series ring his first season. "But in the end, in terms of a six-year deal, they got about one-third of it out of him. He never performed as well as the expectations surrounding him."

"The expectations and the reality were a couple hundred miles apart."

And now, if and when Matsuzaka goes back to Japan, he'll be thousands of miles from where he was supposed to become a legend.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:19 am

Gammons: Matsuzaka doesn't trust people

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:08 am

Gammons: Matsuzaka doesn't trust people

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 11:38 pm

Gammons: Matsuzaka doesn't trust people

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Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: June 5, 2011 8:21 am

Gammons: Matsuzaka doesn't trust people

Am a Red Sox fan and pulled hard for Matsuzaka; but he's been a lost cause...

You have guys from the D.R., Venezuela, hell, even guys defecting from Cuba who have had less advantages as this guy and they make the effort to learn the language out of respect for the people who pay his salary; Matsuzaka simply never respected the American people enough to do this...

It should have been in his contract that he'd have to learn the language; maybe not be proficient, but at least make the effort...

Our society should demand this same respect as we give it when we go to visit or work with other cultures...

As part of a larger picture, Baseball will only get better when the owners and their consumer base demand two things...

No More Guaranteed Contracts...If you don't perform, you don't get paid. Simple.

And Salary Cap for Major League Level.  Make guys like Cashman and Theo actually perform as well.

Baseball revenue would be 10's current overnight with other teams have legitimate shots at competing...

Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: June 5, 2011 4:49 am

Gammons: Matsuzaka doesn't trust people

    Ahhh he can take his success and his ring back to Nippon and hold his head high. I always pulled for him.

Since: Sep 13, 2010
Posted on: June 4, 2011 11:20 pm

Gammons: Matsuzaka doesn't trust people

just like every player in MLB. Are you kidding me? ARod 25 mil/season? I can go on and on. everyone of them. Baseball is a joke! Look at the Yankee payroll yet they still lose 2 of 3 to teams with a fifth of their payroll. There is only 1 way to solve this, stop going to the stadiums and handing over your hard earned money to these spoiled, useless, so called athletes. They laugh at the people in the seats. They laugh all the way to the bank. anyone who goes to a stadium to support these so-called "competitive" sports is a fool.

Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: June 4, 2011 8:24 pm

Gammons: Matsuzaka doesn't trust people

Toast of the town? What the hell are you talking about?? Even when he had his great season, everyone here in Boston knew it was luck and the fact that he squeezed out of bases loaded jams every game. People being down on Dice-K in Boston is not new, the guy has been mediocre since he arrived and everyone involved with the Red Sox will be glad to see him go.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: June 4, 2011 7:13 pm

Gammons: Matsuzaka doesn't trust people

If he doesn't trust the Red Sox, there most likely would be a perfect reason... two faced Epstein...

18-3 when healthy and he was the toast of the town... but Epstein's philosophy is 'what have you done for me lately?'

Dice - get the surgery, collect your money and good luck back in Japan... you should be awesome when healed...

Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: June 4, 2011 6:22 am

Gammons: Matsuzaka doesn't trust people

What about Kawakami?8milion per year?right?..Fukudome?Kazuo Matsui,Johijma(in the recent past)?..
i think all are good players but overpaid..their value is one-third of their salary

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