It’s been a rough start to Yu Darvish’s Chicago Cubs career. He began by starting eight games with a 4.95 ERA and a 1-3 win-loss record which, as manager Joe Maddon put it, “Chatwood numbers.” Things only got worse when Darvish went on the DL on May 27th where he remains today. While some are anxiously awaiting his return, others like Cubs’ President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein - not so much. Epstein said to reporters after today’s game, “To be honest with you, I literally forgot we signed him. When you asked me that question just now, my gut reaction was, ‘who the fu** is Yu Darvish?’” The room burst into laughter but Epstein confirmed afterwards he was completely serious.
Meanwhile Darvish, who realizes he likely won’t come off the DL this year, refused to let this be a completely lost season. He pointed to Jason Heyward in the 2016 season and how he was able to help in unconventional ways. “I look at Heyward who in the 2016 playoffs grounded out to the right side of the infield more times than days I’ve spent on the DL,” Darvish said through a translator. “But he didn’t let his embarrassing results at the plate affect what he could do off the field. Everyone knows about the game 7, 10th inning rain delay speech. I wasn’t there but the guys still talk about it. So I’ve been working on my game 7, 10th inning rain delay speech and let me tell you, it’s not good, it’s great,” Darvish said with a smile. Darvish said he’s been studying the great speakers of all time from Martin Luther King Jr. to Michael Scott. “It’s going to be serious but I definitely want to add a little humor in there as well,” Darvish said as he could hardly contain his excitement.
Who knows what will be with Darvish and the Cubs this year but I don’t think any Cubs fan would be upset if Darvish ended up giving an epic speech during a rain delay in the 10th inning of Game 7 of the World Series. Time will tell.
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