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So the Boston media has been talking about the alleged Gyro Ball since Daisuke Matsuzaka became a member of the Red Sox. I don't know if it actually exists, and I don't really care. I just want him to be successful and help the Sox have a great year. But since Dice's numbers haven't been spectacular as of yet, I'm wondering if the Boston writers concocted their new phrase. Everyone is aware of how well Hideki Okajima, the other Japanese pitcher for Boston, has fared so far. He was the American League Rookie of the Month for April. His numbers are near perfect. In case you don't know just how well, here are the numbers. 17 innings pitched, 7 hits, 1 run, 4 walks, 21 strikeouts, 1 save (when Jonathan Papelbon wasn't available against the Yankees), and a 0.53 ERA. And the run he gave up was on his first-ever pitch in the major leagues, a home run to John Buck. Wow. Not bad for a guy with a salary of only $1.225 million. Hopefully he can keep it up. Anyways, members of the Boston media are starting to call Okajima's change-up the "Oki-Doki," after bullpen coach Gary Tuck coined the phrase. Now before people get the wrong impression, I'm not complaining that Tuck has a phrase for an Okajima pitch because Matsuzaka has an odd-named pitch as well. That's not the point at all. Okajima's is a 100% real pitch, and it works. He's a main reason the Sox are the second best team in the majors right now, win percentage wise. I just want to know what people think about the Boston media jumping at the opportunity to use the phrase "Oki-Doki." Is it for legitimate purposes, or is it because Daisuke mania isn't as large as it once was, and they need reason for this new phrase? Thoughts please...

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