Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Statute of Limitations

Let's talk about things that happened in 2006. Right about now in 2006, the songs we heard incessantly on the radio included the following:

Lean Wit It, Roc Wit It, Shoulder Lean, Poppin My Collar, Ridin, Chasing Cars, Bad Day, You're Beautiful, Dark Blue, Do It To It.

Cool. At what point are we going to just stand up and admit that 2006 was kind of a long time ago, and what we were doing five years ago doesn't really apply anymore? Well, it depends on who you ask.

In Red Sox world, we're still talking about Daisuke Matsuzaka's Japanese training regimen. Here's a news flash: Daisuke's last offseason in Japan was five years ago. Is it really logical, rational, or even relevant what the guy did back when he was 26 as he's now closer to 31 than 30? We get that he and undisputable omniscient genius John Farrell never really saw eye-to-eye on the player's training in between starts, and it seems like he's gotten off on the same foot with Curt Young. We know that he pitched a lot better when he was getting his Rocky IV on all winter. We also know that he was facing inferior hitters that you can throw strikes to and get outs.

I have said for a little while that the Red Sox should let the player do what he wanted to, if for nothing else, to satisfy superstition and routine. This year might have been the year to do it, to be honest. New coach, new year, new everything, two years left on the player's deal. The player can do it his way. If he sucks again (which he didn't today), do it our way. But unfortunately, this ship has sailed, as spring training started over a month ago.

Honestly, the way I feel about the player right now is that what happened five years ago no longer matters. I do think that the stuff that happened at age 26 and before has adversely affected him - in other words, that this guy might not have any bullets left. But insisting on a training regimen that is now as antiquated as "Hips Don't Lie" is foolish. It's really time for Matsuzaka to let go of the glory years and put his trust in Curt Young and the Red Sox. Without the overwhelming nostalgic aspect of it, it seems like their opinions might be more valid than his own.

It's time to drop what happened five years ago and try to figure out how to become a consistent pitcher this year and beyond. It might start with getting yourself a fresh arm.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

DV

Daisuke Matsuzaka is probably the only reason that the Sox are keeping Wakefield around. No parts of that sentence can possibly make anyone feel good.

At this point, Matsuzaka needs to realize that he is not nearly what he was advertised to be. In the AL East he's a borderline rotation guy at best. You don't spend $103 million on that type of production. His way of working out in the winter has obviously not produced the results he's been looking for. Why not try what the Sox are proposing? It's not like it can get any worse than these past two years where he's vacillated between being awful or irrelevant.

--the Gunn

Anonymous said...

DV,

Could we take a minute to recognize the work and achievements of the late Nate Dogg?

While I'm not a huge rap fan, the song Regulate will go down as a top 5 All-Time basketball warmup song, and was guaranteed to make you feel 10 times tougher than you actually were after listening to it.

bandi

the gm said...

Gunn,

1. Aceves for the win.
2. The problem I have had with the winters is that it seems like it's been a poorly-constructed hybrid of the Japanese training program and the American training program. I once heard this line on "The Real World:" "Pick one and stick with it." Matsuzaka hasn't done that. And neither had the Real World character - and I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. At this point, for the 2011 season (as well as 07-10), it's too late to change that, as pitchers and catchers reported over a month ago.

Here's the next question (and I might just re-post it as a separate blog post tonight): What is Matsuzaka's Japanese success and American failure the result of?

Bandi,

Rap lost a legend today. Regulate was good, but he's just kind of there punctuating a lot of songs that have transcended songs. Next Episode - he was there. Area Codes - he was there. Losing Control - he was there. And those are just the hits. He's been a critical element of so many songs. My boy John once said this about John Mayer: when he turns on the radio and hears a new John Mayer song, he's like, "ah crap, there's John Mayer again."

With Nate Dogg, it was the opposite. You turn on the radio and Nate Dogg's doing his thing, and it's like, "sweet, there's Nate Dogg again!"

John said...

DV,

Have to believe that was a shout out to me there(I have said that many times, at least to myself). Odd that this is the day I am trying(again) to make my return to this blog. Anyway... just read this article by Joe Posnanski and I'm not sure if anyone else enjoys reading him as much as I do, but I figured I'd link to it. http://joeposnanski.si.com/2011/03/16/carrying-a-team/?eref=sihp

Like he says, nothing groundbreaking but interesting nonetheless.