Papelbon Teaches Japanese Craps Without Dice-K

Texas Gal (sole proprietor of OUT IN CENTER FIELD) and her crack team of commenters have recorded the single most important team-building exercise to occur on the field all season. During batting practice at Comerica Park last week, Boston Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon took the time as a team leader to teach his fellow pitcher, Hideki Okajima, some of the finer points of the game (ironic it wasn’t Dice-K, eh?).

Jonathan Papelbon and Hideki Okajima discuss craps at Comerica

No, not baseball… craps.

Jonathan Papelbon and Hideki Okajima discuss craps at Comerica

If you head to OUT IN CENTER FIELD, you can see video of the event as well. We recommend it if only for how seriously Okajima is taking the lesson.

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Dice-K May Not Play in Red Sox Japan Series If Wife Gives Birth

RED SOX PITCHER’S PLANS FOR JAPAN MIGHT BE NO DICE: As Red Sox Nation knows, Boston’s season will start next year in Tokyo. But now there’s a chance the club’s biggest Japanese star won’t even play:

Daisuke Matsuzaka wife Red Sox

The ASSOCIATED PRESS delivers news that pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka may be off the mound and in the maternity ward, as his wife Tomoyo is scheduled to be giving birth to their second child around the same time.Red Sox president Larry Lucchino said the team and the MLB front office were already aware of Dice-K’s impending re-fatherhood when they scheduled the games between the Sox & A’s for March 25 & 26.

Baby ward headphones

Lucchino hopes the kid “will be born at such a time to allow (Dice) to participate,” but also added that Dice “has an important obligation with respect to the birth of that child.”If the baby does pop out at that time, Boston won’t be short-handed when it comes to bringing along Japanese pitchers. Hideki Okajima will have a chance to return to the field where he spent 12 years of his career.

And another Sox hurler is already looking forward to the trip. Curt Schilling proclaims, “I’m not going to pitch over there, so I’m going to have fun.”

Curt Schilling family

Seems like he’s already having fun, with his Red Sox squad beating SbB’s Royals in SPORTING NEWS Strat-O-Matic action.Damn him! (for this week, anyway)