In reading the incredibly engaging Francona by Terry Francona and Dan Shaughnessy, we learn many things about the affable Francona. One thing that does not become apparent are Tito’s masochistic tendencies. But apparently his ability to withstand frustration, exasperation, and disappointment is significant.
I mention this in light of the news that the right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka and the Cleveland Indians have agreed to a minor league contract, reuniting him with Terry.
Matsuzaka, 32, will have a chance to win a spot in Cleveland’s starting rotation if he passes a physical. Dice-K pitched six seasons with Boston, five for Francona, and won 50 games after signing a $52 million, six-year contract with the Red Sox as free agent in 2007 after the Sox won the rights to him with a posting of $51,111,111.11.