On Saturday afternoon, the New York Yankees’ $155 (plus another $20 million posting fees) man, starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, will make his debut.
Obviously the Yankee brass, manager Joe Girardi, the coaching staff and players are curious to see how good Tanaka is and if he can help turn them back into a legitimate contender.
“I’m curious to see how he does,” Girardi told Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York. “Hopefully he keeps his emotions in check, and that’s what you worry about a little bit, guys trying to do too much. Players a lot of times want to validate contracts.”
Tanaka is also curious to see how he’ll pitch against major league competition.
“I feel that it is important to get some swing-and-misses from that pitch,” Tanaka said. “But going into tomorrow I just want to see how batters react to that pitch.”
The Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies will get underway at 1:05 pm EST Saturday.
Tanaka’s fellow starters, the new, supposedly trimmed down C.C. Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda, are also scheduled to pitch in the game.