The initial Tanaka Watch was fun, and it had a really great ending when he decided to sign on the dotted line with the Yankees. Now that he's part of the team, we can officially kick off Tanaka Watch 2014 with this announcement from the AP:
"Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has obtained a work visa and could depart for the United States as early as Sunday.
Tanaka, who signed a $155 million, seven-year contract with the New York Yankees last month, obtained his visa on Tuesday and is preparing to leave for spring training which starts of Feb. 15, a member of Tanaka’s support staff said on Thursday.
Tanaka, who has been working out in Sendai, said 'I am in better shape at this point compared to previous years.'”
This Tanaka Watch won't take very long, and I'm pretty sure I can already predict the ending, but it's an appropriate buildup to his introductory presser. That should be an entertaining media shitstorm and a great way to get Spring Training off and running. Can't wait.
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