The Dice-K Phenomenon
- Matsuzaka's pitching arsenal includes fastballs, curveballs and sliders. If you really want to impress the party/your boss/your date, casually mention that you think Dice-K knows how to throw a "gyroball." (The mythical "gyroball" has been described as a "slider on steroids," a pitch that literally jumps away from the batter at the last minute.)
- He is married to prominent Japanese broadcaster Tomoyo Shibata.
- If all else fails, suggest that you and your date grab a Matsuzaka martini at Fugakyu sushi in Brookline. After all, we all sound more intelligent after a few drinks.
(Text by Courtney Hollands, Boston.com producer)