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July 29, 2011

The 'Fat Toad' Hideki Irabu found dead of apparent suicide: Terrible for the guy. Robert Whiting wrote a great book about Ichiro and touches on Irabu's troubles. Irabu had an American GI father whom he never knew, and stated that his motivation for pitching in the US was so that his dad could see him on TV.

posted by mikemacman to baseball at 12:02 AM - 3 comments

A sad story; it's a razor's edge with pro sports, where to succeed you have to be driven like few people ever are, but that also means that when you fall short...

It's also why I, though a devout Sox fan and lurker over at Sons of Sam Horn, am really uncomfortable with the insults about Joba Chamberlain, especially when they talk about his mom/upbringing. Given his temperament on the mound, his upbringing, and how much he probably puts on himself to succeed, I'd be worried that he could go down the same road as Irabu.

posted by hincandenza at 01:14 PM on July 29

The game of life is hard to play

Im gonna lose it anyway

The loosing card Ill one day lay

So this is all I have to say...

posted by Folkways at 07:20 PM on July 29

What Hal said.

posted by yerfatma at 09:10 AM on July 30

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