Monday, July 25, 2011
Great Article on Kei Igawa in NY Times
Bill Pennington of the New York Times wrote a great article on Kei Igawa that was published this past Saturday, about Igawa's time in the minor leagues. In Kei Igawa: The Lost Yankee, Pennington describes the life Igawa currently lives as a secluded pitcher toiling in the minor leagues. Most of you, myself included, probably assumed that Igawa had gone back to Japan after his disastrous stint with the Yankees. However, he has been playing out the remainder of his contract for both the AA Trenton Thunder and the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.
The Yankees have tried to send him back to Japanese pro teams twice, but Igawa refused the trade both times, instead saying that he still has the dream of pitching in the big leagues and that it is his duty to do his best, no matter the situation. The article tells the story of a pitcher who still commutes from NYC to minor league games, and who despite his huge contract and lack of success in the bigs, still has a relatively positive outlook (which definitely hides some disappointment). I definitely recommend that you check the article out, it's worth the read. Again, here is the link for the article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/24/sports/baseball/kei-igawa-the-lost-yankee.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1