Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Yu Darvish's face shouldn't matter


This is Yu Darvish.

He's this pretty good Japanese-Iranian pitcher. At 25 years of age, with several years of success in the Japanese Nippon circuit, he's making waves by wanting to come over here and pitch in MLB. Cool. Fine. Whatever.

Here's the thing: you're going to read a lot of crap about how marketable he is for being multi-ethnic and handsome. You may also read that he's nothing like Daisuke Matsuzaka or Hidiki Irabu or some other Japanese superstar who flamed out in America. Statements in this vein will not be followed by explanations; only claims that he's marketable because he's got a neat face.

Don't believe me? Here's the generally-decent Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports:

The 6-foot-5 right-hander doesn’t look like a normal player, with his rock-star haircut and emotional mound presence.

Italics are mine.

And MLB won’t have one of the most intriguing players alive, a hard-throwing, good-looking, multi-ethnic slice of pitchability and marketability ready to take over the baseball world.


I hate Derek Jeter for being a good-looking, multi-ethnic slice of marketability, but let's give credit where credit's due: the dude has chops and really accomplished some shit before the sports world drank his special brand of koolaid. Yu Darvish on the other hand, is going to command a record breaking contract before ever pitching in the big leagues. Why? Because he's got a pretty, exotic face and cool name, and maybe he throws hard.

Take note sports world: we're putting you on a Yu Darvish watch. You give us stupid shit about his looks and likeability, and we're putting it up here for our reader to scorn!

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