Discussion

Hideki Irabu gave us night to remember

Ex-Yank never lived up to the hype, but his first start was a classic Stadium moment

Updated: July 29, 2011, 2:33 PM ET
By Rob Parker | ESPNNewYork.com

Hideki Irabu never became what many thought he would be.

Irabu, the former New York Yankees fireballer from Japan, was found dead in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., on Wednesday. Most reports say of an apparent suicide. He was 42.

After the shock and sorrow wears off, some will be able to trivialize Irabu's baseball career in America. Let's not forget, he was supposed to be Nolan Ryan, just much faster. Yes, the hype was working overtime in 1997 before he made his major league ...

Read full story

Comments

You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?

EDITORS' PICKS

  • Fight Christmas
    The Knicks brawled, then fell to 5-26 on a not-so-happy holiday at the Garden.
  • Champs!
    We rank our top 10 most loved New York sports figures of 2014.
  • Ho Ho Horrible
    The year in New York sports was a lump of coal. Is there hope for the future?
  • Keep On Dancin'
    Victor Cruz gave his take on Odell Beckham Jr.'s TD celebrations.
  • Go The Distance
    Jets right guard Willie Colon said he plans to finish 2014 on his feet.

ALSO SEE

MORE MLB HEADLINES