Yu Darvish headlines from Monday, January 23, 2012.
Information Darvish's t-shirt
Darvish could be on his way back to Japan today. He is scheduled for a press conference at Sapporo Dome tomorrow (January 24).
Notes a Dallas Morning News article outlining how the Texas Rangers approached Darvish and how Bob Simpson (co-chairman of the board) went from being a skeptic to being a believer (after a three hour meeting with Nolan Ryan and Jon Daniels.
Darvish is thinking about hiring Romash Tasuku Dass to be a part of his support crew in the US and to possibly help him get back into baseball.
Dass and Darvish are somewhat similar in that they are over 190cm tall, are right-handed, and are from bicultural families. That connection may have been what led Darvish to take Dass under his wing.
Mentions that Darvish's t-shirt was a part of the 2010 Fall collection, sold for 68,250 yen, and is no longer available for sale.
Spring Training facilities: the Rangers are reportedly planning to increase the number of seats (from 24 to 89) they have for the media at Surprise Stadium. They have also worked out a deal with Surprise Aquatic Center for work areas that reporters can use for free (internet, bathrooms, air conditioning).
UPDATE @ 9:57pm - Darvish arrived at Narita Airport earlier today.
UPDATE @ 10:43pm - About 300 fans and 100 reporters greeted Darvish at the airport.