To the delight of most Red Sox fans, Hideki Okajima will be heading back to Japan to pitch for the Softbank Hawks. Even though he was not a part of the Red Sox organization anymore, the thought of a very slim possibility of him returning was nauseating.
Okajima spent most of 2011 with the Pawsox and most recently failed his physical with the Yankees. The decision was an easy one to make for Okajima, especially at 36-years-old and uncertainty surrounding any further MLB action.
I guess I can say thanks for a brief flash of quality pitching and keeping Dice-K company.