For as cold of an offseason the Chicago Cubs had, veteran pitcher Yu Darvish has been handing out sick burns and becoming one of Chicago’s most entertaining sports personalities.
Nothing is better in sports than a good sports personality. Compared to its fellow professional sports, the MLB has somewhat lacked famous characters outside of the baseball diamond. Mike Trout, the game’s best player, is more focused on being an absolute murderer in baseball and an overall generous guy rather than speaking his mind or throwing shade on Twitter.
The Chicago Cubs aren’t necessarily short on personalities, what with Javier Baez being the favorite player of the kiddos, and Anthony Rizzo being, well, Rizzo. One unexpected turn of events as late, however, is the emergence of a new, fiery personality that has been on the warpath through Twitter since the end of 2019.
That personality is Yu Darvish. Yeah, you heard me right. The guy who barely was on the field in 2018 and looked like a bust of a deal is now back to form as a player and just hitting his prime as a ruthless social media assassin.
In a moderate offseason where nothing of real note has happened on the North Side, the best headlines have been the ones marking yet another unfortunate soul getting destroyed by the Japanese righty. Darvish has provided nothing but pure comedy, and I am all for it.
More importantly, he gives us a glimpse at what a good baseball personality can be when the jerseys are off and the bats are stored away. He roasts people, he cracks jokes, and he’s not afraid to address the hot-button issues in the baseball world. Let’s take a look at some of the destruction he has wrought thus far.