So, we drop another series opener, and Tim Wakefield still apparently can't buy any run support. Whatever. I'm still caught up in Daisuke Mania.
In particular I think Boston.com's always-excellent photo galleries are a must-see this week, including and especially the one that combines Globe staff photos and the pick of the litter from the wires.
This one amazes me:
Especially because of the caption in the Globe album, which reads, "The Kansas City crowd was impressed with Daisuke's debut." Next to a picture featuring the loudest, nuttiest, scariest Sox fans possible hanging into the dugout to get their own pictures. That is priceless.
The pic itself is such a great capture, too, of the hysteria that has been kicked up a heretofore unseen notch in Red Sox Nation over Matsuzaka's debut. Photography--and even the photographers themselves--are playing such a huge role in this unfolding story of Matsuzaka's arrival, and it's been interesting to see.
In this gallery, too, I can recommend plenty of other shots...here's Daisuke before he threw a pitch in that hotly anticipated game--the cool is otherworldly. Another great overhead bullpen shot from the AP...I know I wouldn't let Julian Tavarez touch me, particularly if I couldn't see him...3:00 am in Tokyo...
Can you tell I'm itching to bring my camera to the ballpark this season? Luckily I'll have the chance on Tuesday and Wednesday, for Opening Day and Daisuke's debut at Fenway. I know, submit hate mail in the comments below. The tickets were my dad's doing, anyway.
So for now I've got plenty else to obsess about while the Sox are dropping games here and there on the road. But I'm also hoping another first-game drop means another series win, in Texas as it was in Kansas City. It'd be nice to come back home above .500.
P.S. If there's still not enough Daisuke in this post for ya, I'd recommend the Globe's front page article from today about the people who got up in the wee hours to watch the game in Japan. Wonderful stuff.