Hideki Irabu, the former Yankees pitcher who struggled to live up to grand expectations after coming over from Japan, was found dead in Los Angeles on Thursday. He was 42. Police are investigating Irabu’s death as a possible suicide, according to various reports.
The whole thing with Hideki was tragic, almost right from the start. When George Steinbrenner called him a “fat toad” in 1999, you could just sense that something like this might — might — happen.
It’s just sad.
Rest in peace.