What's this? Revenge?
Daisuke Matsuzaka officially signed his minor-league contract with the Indians on Wednesday and -- if a Tweet by MLB.com's Jordan Bastian is accurate -- appeared to fire a shot across the Red Sox bow:
One reason Dice-K picked the Indians? They're in the AL. "I want to pitch against Boston," he said through interpreter Jeff Cutler. Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) February 13, 2013
Really? You went 17-22 with a 5.53 ERA in 56 artless, torturous appearances from 2009 to today. This, somehow, is the Red Sox' fault? You feel the need for vengeance against the Red Sox for paying you 37 million over the last four years when you compiled those putrid numbers in that excruciating manner?
And if Cleveland general manager Chris Antonetti is to be believed, the Sox-turned-Indians are on board with the Dice-K Retaliation Tour.
New manager Terry Francona, said Antonetti, "was a big part of the decision to bring Dice-K over. Obviously our scouts also saw Dice-K pitch over the last few years, but Terry and ex-Red Sox catcher Kevin Cash, our bullpen coach, also both have experience with Dice-K and thought he would be a good fit. I know they're both excited to have him in camp."
Sorry, sorry, can't resist:
Boston Red Sox
Not as excited as we here in Red Sox Nation are to have him in the Indians' camp.
Hey, vengeance goes two ways.