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It seems like only yesterday the Red Sox paid $51,111,111.11 for the “opportunity” to talk with former Japanese pitching phenom Daisuke Matsuzaka. I say “seems like only yesterday” because I’m still waiting for that “phenom” to show up (and I love sarcasm). To say this was the worst move in MLB history might be a little over-dramatic but what the heck: This was the worst move in MLB/Red Sox history.

That’s saying a lot considering we practically gave Babe Ruth to the Yankees to finance a Broadway play entitled ‘No, No, Nanette.’ Nonetheless Red Sox fans are always moving forward. The past is the past and we rarely hold a grudge against anyone (wink, wink). So where’s Dice-K now?  

On January 16th multiple sources reported that the 32-year-old Matsuzaka was mulling over a minor league contract between the Indians, Marlins and Mets. After undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2011 Matsuzaka struggled to find his form in 2012. Following the 2012 season Daisuke became an unrestricted free agent.

It’s hard to argue that Dice-K’s fall from grace wasn't the greatest blunder in MLB history. Perhaps the unfortunate result of high expectations and an injury prone career, Matsuzaka never fully lived up to the 51.1 million dollars the Red Sox paid just to talk to the guy (just to reiterate that money wasn't to sign Dice-K but for the right to “talk” to him).

In Boston Dice-K will be remembered by Red Sox Nation for three things; his 2008 season (18-3 record), his long stints on the disabled list and the introduction of the Gyroball. I hope you didn't think we’d forgotten about the infamous “Gyroball.” Did you?

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Scott Levesque 1/19/2013 08:17:00 PM Edit
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