\Yu Darvish #11 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Oakland Athletics on July 1, 2012 at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in Arlington, Texas.
When Yu Darvish arrived in DFW and made his first start against none other than Ichiro and the Seattle Mariners, it was clear the hype surrounding the 26-year-old pitcher as Japanese media flooded Rangers Ballpark all season long.
So it should come as no surprise when you see the latest plans involving Darvish back in Japan, as there is apparently a museum in the works dedicated to all things Yu.
Darvish, of course, starred with the Nippon Ham Fighters for seven seasons and gained icon status in Japan for his unorthodox pitching style compared to his countrymen. He also pitched for Japan and led it to a title in the World Baseball Classic. As a rookie with Texas in 2012, Darvish went 16-9 with a 3.90 ERA, leading all rookies with 221 strikeouts.
Now, he'll have his own museum in the southern part of Japan in the Hyogo prefecture. So come November, if you consider yourself a die-hard Yu fan, you'll have a nice little pilgrimage to go on. Start saving.