Game 5, Mariners at Red Sox
4:05 pm, Felix vs Matsuzaka. Please be kind to the servers and don’t hit refresh constantly – we’re expecting a very heavy traffic load for tonight’s game.
I haven’t been this excited for a game in years. As my friends will attest, I get a bit giddy on Felix day anyways, and well, this is no ordinary Felix day. This is the leading contender for 2007 Game of the Year.
The media is going to run with Matsuzaka-Ichiro as the big story, which should be expected. The matchup will open the game, and Ichiro is the most famous player on the roster. Oh, and he happens to be from Japan, or so I’ve heard. Since it’s Boston, the focus of the story will be on Matsuzaka’s first start at Fenway. The $102 million right arm takes the hill in front of Red Sox Nation for the first time. And the leadoff hitter happens to be his countrymate. It writes itself.
But in four hours, there’s a good chance that Ichiro and Matsuzaka won’t be the story to come out of this game. This is King Felix’s first start in Fenway, too. Red Sox Nation has never seen him pitch, either, and it’s his first major league start as a 21 year old. It’s a nationally televised game – only the second one of his career.
On opening day, Felix told the city of Seattle that the hype was real, and that he wasn’t the babyfaced overweight kid anymore, but now he was coming after Johan Santana’s crown. Tonight, Felix has a chance to tell the rest of America.
Daisuke Matsuzaka is the second best pitcher taking the hill tonight. Go get em, Felix.
Yet Another Late Edit: Arthur Rhodes needs TJ surgery. This probably ends his career.