On the drive home this evening, I heard Scott Boras being interviewed on the Michael Kay Radio Show (on 1050 AM, ESPN Radio, in NYC). Boras was speaking to A-Rod’s desire to stay in New York and the talents of Daisuke Matsuzaka.
In talking about Matsuzaka, Boras said that Daisuke (pronounced DICE-kay) throws 94 MPH.
OK, maybe he tops out at ninety-four (according to the reports that I’ve read from sources other than his agent). So, I can live with this claim. It’s sort of like the “bench press” lie – you know, like saying “I can bench press 275 pounds” – even though you’ve only been able to do it once, and for one rep, on a good day, with a spotter helping you at the end.
In any event, Boras continued on about Matsuzaka – claiming that Daisuke had a devastating breaking pitch called “the gyroball.”
I guess that Boras must have missed Jeff Passan’s interview with Matsuzaka from a few months back where Matsuzaka (himself) said that he does not feature a “gyroball” – although he’s tried to throw it in the past and may have accidentally thrown one in a game somewhere.
Is it just me or is there a difference between saying someone throws “X” as a ‘devastating pitch’ and saying ‘maybe I threw it once by accident’?
Boras is doing what Boras does best when it comes to selling Matsuzaka here – he’s taking an ounce of information and making it into an ocean of smoke-screen. This is just another reason why teams should proceed with caution when it comes to paying a fortune for Matsuzaka.
Or, teams can just listen to what Boras is saying on this pitcher, and, maybe, when the deal for Matsuzaka is done, Boras can then start to sell “Otis the Frog Boy” and “Jeanie the Half-Girl” as the next great free-agent keystone combo?