Daisuke Matsuzaka

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Ten years of great sports

Moments after Adam Vinatieri's field goal split the uprights as the clock expired in the Louisiana Superdome on February 3, 2002, the streets of Boston were in bedlam. Drunk people dangled from trees and hung off lampposts. Motorists leaned on their ho
Boston's road from Loserville to Title Town
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 25, 2009

Feel the beat

A single set of precise, thundering beats fills the modest rehearsal space of Woburn's American Chinese Art Society. The sound rattles the flooring and shakes my guts. It emanates from a petite woman holding two thick wooden sticks and walloping a pair
Odaiko New England turns 15, wails on huge drums
By ANNE VICKMAN  |  May 29, 2009

Post-steroid baseball

The bunting is hung. The chalk lines are laid out with Euclidian precision.
Nine questions that will shape the new season
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 01, 2009

Carter’s cajones

The Republican Party is rife with classic wimps and bullies.
Jimmy makes Dubya look like a wimp
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 27, 2008

Revenge of the toad

Some sports-crime stories aren’t funny in any way — they’re just plain violent and tragic. But every now and then you get a story that’s just pure fun.
Sports blotter: "Irabu!" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  August 27, 2008

Bought and paid for

Boston haters will say that the Celtics purchased their 17th championship.
Balls and pucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  June 18, 2008

The void recedes

So I say, to hell with the opener. Catching up with the Sox when they finally get to Oakland is fine.
Balls and pucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  March 26, 2008

Ticket shock

When NESN periodically broadcasts a historic Red Sox game during the off-season, the vast swaths of empty seats are enough to cause a sharp sense of wistfulness for many fans.
Fans are paying the price for the Sox success: inside the Fenway fiasco
By IAN DONNIS  |  March 10, 2008


Now that we Bostonians have O Ya and the South End’s Oishii, Haru is not a New York–upscale sushi place to us.
Impeccable — not adventurous — sushi
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 26, 2007

2007 restaurant awards

What were the best dining-out experiences of 2007?
The best of this year's dining
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 19, 2007

Not-so-instant karma

No matter what happens over their next two games, the Patriots will not have gone undefeated in 2007.
After decades of curses and calamities, Boston’s sports fortunes are at an unprecedented high. So can we stop the whining?
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 19, 2007


Dreams of field

Do you see Dustin Pedroia in your sleep, riding a tiny blue bicycle?
Our unlicensed psychiatrist answers disturbing questions about the joy of Sox
By JAMES PARKER  |  October 31, 2007

Recent items from Not for Nothing

You didn’t have to be a genius to realize that the publication of Steve Laffey’s new book would mark his formal reemergence on Rhode Island’s political stage.
Best of the blog
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 12, 2007

The Most Hated Man in Boston

To understand the tortured tango that binds Dan Shaughnessy and his detractors, consider his item about Red Sox ace Curt Schilling’s blog, 38 Pitches.
What is it about The Globe ’s Dan Shaughnessy that makes ordinary, peaceable people want to kick his ass?
By ADAM REILLY  |  July 10, 2007

America Blows

The United States of America is a nation with a proud history.
Since George W. Bush took office, the United States has sunk to unprecedented lows in sports and pop-culture domination
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 29, 2007

Hitachino Nest Japanese ales

That’s just the kind of pitcher I want on my team.
... (Delicious)
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 27, 2007


Jailhouse rock

Even in New Jersey’s Fort Dix Federal Correctional Institution Buddy Cianci played his customary role.
Buddy Cianci is out of prison and on a mission
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 13, 2007

Dice-k Dictionary

The Red Sox’ signing of Daisuke Matsuzaka bolster Boston’s starting rotation and spawned a burgeoning industry in Japanese signage around Fenway Park.
Translating the sudden explosion of Japanese signs in the Fenway
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 16, 2007

Sporting verse

With the Yankees in town for their first Fenway visit on Friday night, it’s that time of year again: time for mangling the chilly elegance of Japanese lyric verse into clumsy sports jeers.
The return of Sox-Yanks haiku
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 18, 2007

Editorial stuttering

Headline writers of Boston, let’s make this easy.
Dice-K watch
By ADAM REILLY  |  April 11, 2007

Turning Japanese

On what will probably be a chilly day a little more than two months from now, Red Sox fans will be waiting for Daisuke Matsuzaka to bring the heat.
Boston markets itself to Far Eastern fans
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 31, 2007


The dailies’ Dice-K duel

Opening Day is still about four months away, but the local-newspaper battle to cover Daisuke Matsuzaka for a Japanese audience has commenced in earnest.
Rising Son
By ADAM REILLY  |  January 03, 2007

Seven for seven

While coverage of the Red Sox is always excessive (except for the sweet deals they get from the politicians, but whatever), the arrival of Daisuke Matsuzaka will make things even worse than usual.
What’s news in the New Year? Plan on these stories dominating Boston’s media landscape.
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 29, 2006

Rhode Island in ’06: same as it ever was

Imagine a year when the Narragansett Indians were energetically pitching a casino, cynical Rhode Islanders had plenty of reason to reinforce their jaundiced views, and state house Democrats maintained the upper hand over hapless Republican opponents with
Democrats on top, a casino quest, and a dose of corruption
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 20, 2006

Thanksgiving thoughts on a few of those with reasons to be thankful

With so much deprivation in the world, there’s something perverse about the Red Sox paying more than $51 million just for the right to negotiate with 26-year-old Japanese pitching standout Daisuke Matsuzaka.
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 21, 2006