CLEVELAND -- A press conference with Daisuke Matsuzaka is basically an exercise in futility. The Red Sox have a Harvard-educated translator for Dice-K and he does an excellent job giving reporters both the questions (if they're asked by a Japanese reporter) and the responses. The problem is that Dice-K basically says nothing.
Asked to assess his season to date Sunday, Dice-K said, "I think I'll answer that question when everything is done with." Asked what he learned from Curt Schilling in Game Two vis-a-vis pitching the Indians, he said, "I'd prefer not to talk about that here."
That's how most of his answers are. Bland. Bland. Bland. At least Matsuzaka showed some personality when asked about the Lake Erie midges that plagued Joba Chamberlain last week.
Said Dice-K to a room full of laughter: "I did bring along some bug spray."
Added manager Terry Francona: "Any time there's been bugs on my body, I'm not sure I felt real comfortable talking about it. I don't know what to say. It's kind of like rain. If it rains, you handle it. Snow, cold, you handle it. I guess if there's bugs, you get bug spray."