Any baseball fans who fear they might miss A-Rod’s tabloid-grabbing exploits while the New York Yankees’ third baseman serves his year-long suspension should consider this: The latest Yankees star, Japanese pitching ace Masahiro Tanaka, chartered his own Boeing 787 Dreamliner to take him from Tokyo to New York — a 200-seat aircraft for five passengers and a dog. The trip cost him $195,000. Tanaka, of course, just inked a $155 million deal with the Bombers
And yet, while pondering the image of the nearly empty wide-bodied jet spewing emissions across the Pacific, it’s hard to avoid thinking that this is exactly what a 25-year-old might do when handed unexpected wealth (along with, say, turning the back cabin into the world’s most expensive man cave). Tanaka is the freshest face in the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry this year, and his heavy landing should only make the upcoming season more exciting.