Beware of The Monster

Daisuke Matsuzaka's impending arrival has Red Sox Nation in a frenzy, but his fans in Japan will be sad to see him go.

Updated: November 22, 2006, 3:50 PM ET
By Eric Neel | ESPN The Magazine

Editor's Note: This story appears in the Dec. 4 edition of ESPN The Magazine.

Daisuke Matsuzaka smiles and a host of cameras flash. It's a lightning storm inside the ballroom of the Takanawa Prince Hotel in Tokyo, where some 200 journalists are gathered on Nov. 1 for Matsuzaka's "posting," the official announcement that his negotiating rights are up for bid. The 26-year-old Seibu Lions righthander, the best pitcher in Japan and the biggest star in all of Japanese professional sports, sits ...

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