It’s been a rough few months on the mound for Yu Darvish.
Then he got off to a disappointing start in 2018 before succumbing to triceps tendinitis in his throwing arm.
But the 31-year-old hurler’s struggles haven’t rendered him any less of a good dude; of course, signing a $126 million contract with the Cubs in the middle of those tribulations didn’t exactly hurt.
On assignment for a rehab start, Darvish used some of that fortune to treat his minor league teammates to Ruth’s Chris Steak House in the clubhouse after a game. This is a fairly common practice among well-paid players during pitstops in the minors, considering minor leaguers’ usual provisions.
The Darvish difference: He also catered the clubhouse of his opposition, the West Michigan Whitecaps, the Tigers’ Single A club.
— Max_Green (@mgreenbaseball) June 26, 2018
Good luck to you guys😄
— ダルビッシュ有(Yu Darvish) (@faridyu) June 26, 2018
Back in October, Darvish issued an incredible response to a racist gesture Yuli Gurriel made after homering off the righty in the World Series:
No one is perfect. That includes both you and I. What he had done today isn’t right, but I believe we should put our effort into learning rather than to accuse him. If we can take something from this, that is a giant step for mankind. Since we are living in such a wonderful world, let’s stay positive and move forward instead of focusing on anger. I’m counting on everyone’s big love.
Yeah, this guy rules.