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Rangers will formally introduce Yu Darvish on Friday night

Jan 19, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT

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Press conferences are typically held on weekday afternoons to ensure that fans and media members can easily take in whatever news is being discussed. But the Angels’ press conference introducing Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson was held outdoors on a Saturday and the Rangers are now taking a unique approach with their big offseason acquisition.

According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Darvish will be introduced on Friday night, 7 p.m. ET, at the Ballpark in Arlington. It’ll be a party! With a DJ! And dancing! And an open bar! OK, scratch those last three things.

Darvish agreed to a six-year, $60 million contract on Wednesday night with the Rangers, who paid a $51,703,411 posting fee to the Nippon Ham Fighters to obtain exclusive negotiating rights.

The 6-foot-5 right-hander posted a 1.44 ERA and 276/36 K/BB ratio in 232 innings last season in Japan.

  1. marzalmighty - Jan 19, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    You got my hopes up for free booze. You jerk.

  2. whittle79 - Jan 19, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    He was Jk.. No booze !!

  3. cap1378 - Jan 19, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    He better work out!!
    That’s a lot of cash being thrown around.

  4. kp33 - Jan 20, 2012 at 3:10 AM

    Can’t wait to watch this guy pitch

  5. pound30 - Jan 20, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    I totally think this was an awesome investment for the Rangers. If he works out half as good as he could work out then they’ll still sell a ton of merchandise. A lot of people are such big fans of this guy over in Japan that they’ll inevitable spend time, and possibly money towards the Rangers. It’s a gamble but I think one worth taking. So many people want to judge the Rangers because he is unproven but they never think about the marketing side and why this investment makes a ton of sense. I hope he ends up paying for himself, and maybe a couple of his teammates as well. Welcome to Texas Yu!

  6. dgrindsports - Jan 20, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Yu Darvish … the next Daisuke (49-30) 4.25 ERA all time … for a lot of money. Good Luck Texas!
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