July 29, 2017: If Yu Darvish's last start with the Rangers was his outing against the Marlins, there are better ways it could've gone
"I felt like they knew it," Darvish said. "I didn't know if I was tipping or not. I watched the video, and when I would throw a fastball, I paused. And then breaking ball was faster [in my delivery]."
He also said he wouldn't have known about the tipping if the scout that saw it hadn't told the media, and for that, he was grateful.
"It's hard to find. I don't know why the Marlins scout said that to the media," Darvish said. "Because now I can fix it."
Manager Jeff Banister agreed, saying that if the Rangers discovered something about an opponent, they wouldn't "go tell the rest of the world, right?" Banister also said that while teams have eyes on everything throughout games, sometimes things slip through.
"We scout ourselves every night. We scout the other team every night," Banister said. "The pair of eyes that are on everything going on on the field. These are things everybody looks for. ... We'd love to think everything that's possible gets seen and there are people who are charged with watching and scouting. Sometimes subtle things, in real time, get through."
On the other side of things, the Marlins denied having anything on Darvish. Marlins manager Don Mattingly chalked it up to his guys simply having a good night. (S Butler - MLB.com - July 30, 2017)
Aug 4, 2017: At the Dodgers' hotel, hours before he dazzled for seven scoreless innings at Citi Field in his Dodgers debut, Yu Darvish met with general manager Farhan Zaidi, the man who engineered the blockbuster deal with the Rangers that brought the electric right-hander to Los Angeles minutes before the non-waiver Trade Deadline
Darvish and Zaidi went over how the righty would attack the Mets' hitters in his first start with a new team. They discussed pitch location and selection, how Darvish could best use his vast arsenal. Later, when Darvish arrived at the stadium, he would have the same discussions with his catchers, Yasmani Grandal and Austin Barnes. But for now, he had one question.
"Is it really gonna work?" At the end of a 6-0 Dodgers win in the series opener in New York, in which Darvish struck out 10 Mets while holding them to three singles and a walk, he had his answer. The line, as sparkling as it is, doesn't capture the artistry of Darvish at his finest, his array of pitches kaleidoscoping to every corner of the zone.
This game was an answer, too, to the question: How can the team that has been baseball's best get better? Darvish's acquisition was a move for October. His win in his debut puts Los Angeles at 77-32, 45 games over .500. Far more importantly, it showcased the difference-making ability of the man who could be following Clayton Kershaw in a postseason series.
"All I'm saying is, you better not strike out three times in the first game," Grandal said. "Because you might be headed for a big surprise in the second." "He adds another ace, in my opinion," said the Mets' Jay Bruce. "He's going to be right there when the bell rings. He's one of the best pitchers in the game and they just added him. It doesn't make for an easy lineup of pitchers to go through."
"The energy, with us coming here, packed house -- you don't want to say 'playoff atmosphere,' but I think the excitement for us as coaches and players for Yu, there was a lot of energy," Roberts said. "It's one start, but for us, he did everything that we hoped he would do." (D Adler - MLB.com - Aug 5, 2017)
Aug 5, 2017: It's not unusual for a beloved player to take out an ad in his old team's city newspaper to thank the fans for their years of support
While players often give their thanks, you don't often see teams do it -- especially after trading a player. The Rangers bucked those trends, though. The team took out a full-page ad in the Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan's national daily paper. You can check it out below:
"To Yu Darvish,
In Appreciation for your dedication to hard work and many accomplishments.
Thank you for an All-Star performance.
From your Texas Rangers family"
It's a fitting tribute for the fan favorite and ace who fronted the Rangers staff for the last half-decade. ( M Clair - MLB.com - Aug 6, 2017)