You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe


Daisuke Matsuzaka a success story from the start

Red Sox’ investment in Japanese pitchers paved way to title

Late in Game 4 of the World Series, teammates burst into laughter and pointed toward Daisuke Matsuzaka’s head.

Coco Crisp had strategically placed a bubble gum balloon atop the 27-year-old righthander’s cap without him noticing.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week