Chalking up the Dice-K era

Matsuzaka never lived up to the fanfare and his absence will bring few tears to Fenway

Updated: June 3, 2011, 9:12 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Daisuke Matsuzaka's journey to the United States brought him honor, as the first Japanese pitcher to win a World Series game.

It brought him wealth, as the six-year, $52 million contract he signed with the Red Sox prior to the 2007 season assured him of a greater fortune than he could have achieved remaining in his native Japan.

But it didn't bring him happily ever after, not in light of the news that he will require Tommy John ligament reconstruction surgery on ...

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