Daisuke Matsuzaka earned his reputation as one of the world's best pitchers during his days with the Seibu Lions in his native Japan. American baseball executives quickly took notice and soon the chase was on to secure Matsuzaka's services. After an intense bidding war for his rights and then a contract negotiation Matsuzaka signed with the Boston Red Sox prompting many observers to suggest he could be the man who finally nudges the Red Sox past the Yankees in the standings. Since joining the Red Sox Matsuzaka has been a key force in Bostons pitching rotation. This dirt collage measures in size displaying a 5x7 photograph descriptive nameplate and a capsule of MLB Authenticated game used dirt taken directly from the field of play. An MLB Hologram and Steiner Sports Certificate of Authenticity are included.