Do you hear that? It is the sound of $116 million dollars taking the mound for its first Spring Training start. Yu Darvish makes the latest of his “highly anticipated” firsts today, this time toeing the rubber for the first time in Cactus League action.
When Darvish pitches two innings against the Padres in Peoria, Az today, he will do so in front of more than 150 members of the media and the impatient eyes of an entire nation.
Like most early Spring Training games, this Pods/Rangers tilt isn’t scheduled to air on good old-fashioned American television. But, being a Yu Darvish start, provisions must be made to sate the braying masses.
The Texas Rangers will broadcast a special free webstream on texasrangers.com with live look-ins on MLB.com during the day. The good people at NHK (the national Japanese network) graciously open their feed to the official Rangers broadcaster for highlights and breathless panting.
As for the start itself, what is there to say? He will throw two innings or 35 pitches, whichever comes first. Expect to be on the edge of your seat for each and every one of them. The thought of Darvish facing real big league competition is an enticing one indeed. The Padres will serve as a reasonable stand in for today, I guess.