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A woman takes photos of Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish at the departure gate of Narita Interational Airport on Friday. Darvish headed to Texas where he will hold a news conference with the Texas Rangers.

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He's going to have a good time in the U.S. A whole nation of people like him who have mixed backgrounds. We won't refer to Darvish as anything other than an outstanding human being with excellent athletic ability. Let the healing begin.

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60M Money man plus a ton of endorsements. Made!

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It's no coincidence that the Texas Rangers play their summer home games at night. It gets hot,hot, hot. Hope Darvish can deal with that.

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Darvish handle the heat? Pff He's Japanese.... they don't whinge like us Americans. Oh, my beer is too cold, Oh it's too hot I can'y play, Oh the sky is too blue, my salary is too high! We Americans complain about a cold beer on a hot day. Hopefully we can learn how to toughen up! Darvish is gonna blow 'em all of the map! kick some ass kid!

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Funny, if I didn't know who he was, I'd say he looked much like the young guys building a house down the street: unshaven, poor dye job, dressed slovenly. And the dude will make more money in one day than I will make this year. Oh well.

BTW, I've known a few Japanese who've gone to Texas and they all love it there: the people, the food, the culture: it's "real" America. Just one tip: stay outta Vegas! Know you won't, but Vegas will bleed you dry, Yu.

Bon voyage!

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"He's Japanese.... they don't whinge like us Americans." I guess you Americans must be bottom of the whussy list, cuz I can't tell you how often I have heard the Japanese complain about the weather. The comfort zone is a span of five degrees. One degree either way and they are all "Kyo samuii ne" or "Achh, atsusugiru". Just one degree.

Regardless, I am sure Texas will suit him as well as any other city. I can't wait to see him play. I hope he is not a flop, like so many before him.

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@NetNinja

I appreciate your rosy description of my country but that's a tad optimistic to say the least. Do you happen to live here?

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Welcome to the USA!!! We will be watching you, Darvish. Gambareee!!!

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NetNinjaJan. 21, 2012 - 08:17AM JST

He's going to have a good time in the U.S. A whole nation of people like him who have mixed backgrounds. We won't refer to Darvish as anything other than an outstanding human being with excellent athletic ability. Let the healing begin.

Yep, NetNinja. This is our value, American value. We will treat him well with respect.

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Hopefully he works out better than Tsuyoshi Nishioka did for the Minnesota Twins.

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Doesn't Haneda fly out to Texas also?

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He's going to have a good time in the U.S. A whole nation of people like him who have mixed backgrounds. We won't refer to Darvish as anything other than an outstanding human being with excellent athletic ability. Let the healing begin.

How does good athletic ability make you an 'outstanding human being'?

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Darvish is a great addition to the Rangers and from what I hear the Rangers fans are excited to welcome him to the Team.

How does good athletic ability make you an 'outstanding human being'? @oginome I think you misread NetNinja's post.

"We won't refer to Darvish as anything other than an outstanding human being with excellent athletic ability." This means that Darvish is an outstanding human being, and he has excellent athletic ability. (It does not mean he is an outstanding human being because he has excellent athletic ability.)

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'Gonna get me some Hooters, Bud and ribs... and I hope the hotel has NHK Sports. Note to self...try chewing tobacco, strip clubs and why did that old guy start combing his hair at my press conference in front of a billion people?'

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oginomeJan. 21, 2012 - 11:24AM JST

How does good athletic ability make you an 'outstanding human being'?

I see a big cultural gap how we think differently when reading your post here.

We believe in the truth that everyone has a birth right to excercise his/her potential to the maximum as a human being. He has been an excellent baseball pitcher in Japan, but his potential has not been maximized yet, I believe. I am sure he will be able to do so in the US. I am very happy for him.

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Japanese media hype is similar to when Daisuke Matsuzaka joined MLB...And? where's he? what's his standing? Hope Yu Darvish will do better than him.

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Darvish: $60 million (six-year contract) d(^O^)b

Matsuzaka: $52 million (six-year contract) q(><)p

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Darvish: 4.6 billion yen ($1=76 yen in 2012) q(><)p

Matsuzaka: 6.1 billion yen ($1=117 yen in 2007) d(^O^)b

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unshaven, poor dye job, dressed slovenly.

@Godan but he is a handsome Persian man. I think he is perfect.

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Darvish will be the greatest in MLB history. As was proved by two victories in World Baseball Classic, Japan is the world's best baseball.

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j4p4nFTWJan. 21, 2012 - 08:15PM JST

Japan is the world's best baseball.

Why then all these baseball players want to come to the States?

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"We won't refer to Darvish as anything other than an outstanding human being with excellent athletic ability." This means that Darvish is an outstanding human being, and he has excellent athletic ability. (It does not mean he is an outstanding human being because he has excellent athletic ability.)

But still, how is he an outstanding human being? I don't get it. Someone who cheats on their wife is an outstanding human being? Looks like all you sports fan are once again letting athletic prowess create a moral reality that doesn't exist.

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Why then all these baseball players want to come to the States?

To play in the Major League.

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Good bye Yu... Good luck!!sniffles It just won't be the same without you here. You are one of the players that made Japanese Baseball so exciting to watch.

When Ramirez leaves, I am gonna loose my freakin mind.

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