Yu Darvish is set to be honoured with the construction of a museum in his native country of Japan. Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports that planning is underway for a Darvish museum in the Hyogo prefecture, located in the southern part of the country. A Getting Blanked source described Hyogo as “the boonies”, so the Darvish museum may make for quite the attraction there. Darvish has just one MLB season to his credit, albeit an impressive one, but pitched marvelously for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters over seven seasons.
So, we ask, what will be featured in a Yu Darvish museum? Well, probably a fair bit of memorabilia from his Japanese professional career. Likely some relics from the 2009 World Baseball Classic, too. I would wager that there will be an evolving section dedicated to his stateside career as well. Below are five items for a Yu Darvish museum that I just couldn’t live without.
The t-shirt in which the Japanese pitcher wore upon his arrival in Texas
Sure, this “marijuana” leaf is actually a Japanese maple leaf, but who cares? That says weed to me, and that’s all that matters.
Yu Darvish’s Pacific League statistics
Gaudy by any measure. A must have for any Yu Darvish miscellany.
Yu Darvish’s stats from the 2009 WBC
2-1, 2.08 ERA, 13 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 6 BB, 20 K
If I ever get around to writing that fantasy novel that I have no plans for, then this pitch will be the protagonist’s special power.
A collection of all the horrible Yu Darvish puns
Neatly compiled here, by Deadspin.