- The forty-two pitches Darvish threw in the 1st inning of his start on Monday were a career high. Nikkan Sports mentions that Darvish once threw forty-six, forty-five, and forty-one pitches in one inning, but maxed out at forty-one for the 1st inning (April 20, 2007). Nikkan Sports also mentions that Darvish faced ten batters in one inning only one other time in his career (April 17, 2010 vs Seibu) and that it was just the second time in his career that he recorded a win despite giving up five runs (he won the start on April 17, 2010, 8-5).
- Darvish briefly chatted with Ichiro before Tuesday's game against the Seattle Mariners. He also had a chance to speak to Munenori Kawasaki and Hisashi Iwakuma.
- TV Ratings in Japan (Kanto Region), NHK- 9:00am to 10:02am- 9.5%; 10:06am to 11:06am- 7.4%; 11:09am-11:54am- 7.3%. Ratings maxed out at 12.1% during a thirteen minute period that began at 9:11am (Ichiro's first at bat against Darvish).
- TV Ratings in the US, FOX Sports, via Sponichi- An average of 274,100 homes in Dallas-Fort Worth watched the Japanese right-hander overcome a shaky start to post his first big league win. The telecast peaked with a 12.2 rating/19 share and averaged an audience of 314,000 homes from 8:45-9:15 p.m.
- Darvish's father, mother, brother, and agents were at the game on Monday.
- Over two-hundred reporters covered the game on Monday.
- Comedian Minivish was also at the game on Monday and met with fans and reporters.
- Darvish's commercial for Asahi Super Dry: Dry Black are helping with sales -- 1M cases within a week after they hit store shelves on April 3.
- Mike Napoli wore a "Yu Darvish is my Homeboy" t-shirt during his post-game press conference on Monday.
- Sponichi has posted a two-part interview with Nolan Ryan (one, two). I do not have the time to translate it right now.
Ichiro on Darvish not tipping his cap to the fans, via Nikkan Sports:
I think it was great that [Darvish] did not tip his cap when he was taken out of the game. He showed me that he was not satisfied with his performance. I may have thought less of him had he tipped his cap there. He must have something hidden deep down inside of him. That stood out the most for me today.
Although, it seems Darvish may not have known about players tipping their caps to fans.
Sponichi and Nikkan Sports are carrying additional quotes from Darvish's post-game press conference on Monday.
How did you adjust after the first inning and how were you feeling on the mound?
I knew about our offense so at worst, I thought if I threw up zeros, the team would still have a chance to win.
Have you experiences games in the past where your mind and body were not in synch?
Yes, many times, even during the season. There are times when I have difficulty with the first inning, preparing for it. But I am human and I think everyone goes through [something similar].
What was your reason for not tipping your cap to the standing ovation?
No one told me anything. I did not know.
What was going through your mind when you officially got the win?
I have watched the team win a couple of times from the dugout, it felt the same as those times. I was happy the team won.
What are your thoughts after making your first start on the stage you were pursuing?
I am still getting a feel for things. My normal is still Japan. There are still things I am adjusting to. I think things will get better as I get used to everything.
What are your honest feelings now that you first start is under your belt?
I threw a lot of pitches in the dirt with Napoli behind the plate so I am worried about him (laughter). Winning is not that important.
On winning your first start...
I was happy... I have watched the team win a couple times from the dugout since the start of the season and I felt the same kind of happiness.
Do you feel relieved?
More than anything, I am wondering if Napoli is ok after having to deal with some many balls in the dirt. That is all I am concerned about, more than the victory.
You did not tip your cap to the standing ovation?
No one told me anything. I did not know about that.
Were you able to make the necessary adjustments, beginning in the 3rd inning?
[Things were so bad] that it was not really about making adjustments. I knew about our offense so at worst, I felt if I could put up zeros the team might have a chance to win.
And the Texas offense?
It is as you see it. I was amazed as I watched.
It appeared as though you struggled with your two-seamer and with your ryhthm.
Yes. I could not get ahead of the hitters... I could not get strikes with my slider or any of my pitches. I really did not want to turn in this type of performance... I just wanted to hang on someone.
This was your first official outing...
In terms of strength, I got a good feel for things during the exhibition games. This is where I want to be, but... There are still a lot things I am learning. But I think things will improve little by little as I get used to things.
Anything for the fans in Japan.
There are many people in Japan rooting for me. There were also a lot of Japanese fans at the stadium today as well. People from other countries are also watching me pitch. That makes me happy and it makes me want to continue working hard.