Tanaka, $195K plane ride & a toy dog
February, 10, 2014
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com
Kyodo via AP ImagesGet your No. 19 jersey, fresh off the rack!Oh yeah, that is a headline.
Well, with Masahiro Tanaka's news conference set for 1 p.m. Tuesday, the $155 million man had to arrive in New York -- and, according to media reports, he did so in style.
Tanaka, 25, reportedly chartered his own 787 from Japan Airlines. The price? $195,000. Nice!
SBS reported that Tanaka reserved the whole plane for himself, his wife, three guests and his brown toy poodle.
Jiji Press news agency said Tanaka booked out the whole plane -- which usually has about 200 seats -- for a group of five including his wife. His dog -- a brown Toy Poodle - was also aboard, the Sports Nippon said.
JAL said the plane had been booked ahead of the heavy snow that hit Japan over the weekend, grounding all regular commercial flights to New York on Sunday and causing travel chaos around the Japanese capital.
Even with the luxury of his own airliner, Tanaka did not escape the weather-induced misery, with his journey from a Tokyo hotel to the airport by car taking eight-and-a-half hours.
Tanaka paid for the plane so he could take part in the team's camp "in the best of form," a Japanese baseball official who accompanied him reportedly said.
Tanakapalooza begins Tuesday in the Bronx. Tanaka has apparently landed and should be rested and ready to go.