One of our regular correspondents, Dave B., wrote to us today about the Dice-K / Cape Cod Baseball League connection in Red Sox spring training camp this week: "Much has been written in the Boston area newspapers about the fact that the first start for Daisuke Matsuzaka of the Boston Red Sox will be...when the Red Sox play Boston College. An interesting sidelight to all of the attention that will be focused on Matsuzaka is that the first batter to face him in a game will be Johnny Ayers.
Ayers is a junior IF / OF for the Eagles. He is also the punter on the B.C. football team. Ayers will be playing for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox this summer. He has recently been quoted as saying that he hopes for the opportunity to play professional baseball.
The attention this game is receiving far exceeds that of most exhibition games because it will be Matsuzaka's first appearance in a Red Sox uniform. The throng of Japanese media, in addition to the normal attention that Red Sox Nation places on the team, should make for a very exciting atmosphere for the Boston College players."