The Fens was decked out in Japanese advertising; Japanese T-shirts were on sale everywhere. During the course of the telecast, viewers learned that Red Sox players had important Japanese phrases pasted into their mitts to better communicate with Matsuzaka. Red Sox officials, who paid $50 million for the right to merely negotiate with Matsuzaka and signed him for over $100 million, now have their business cards printed in Japanese and English.
Among the many perks for Matsuzaka are eight first class round-trips home to Japan, translators, and special chefs.
I may have missed it but I can`t recall hearing that Matsuzaka was making any effort to learn English. Maybe he figures there is no need since everyone is falling all over each other to accommodate him.
By the way, Matsuzaka`s home debut was unsuccessful. He lost to Dominican Felix Hernandez, 3-0.