The Yankees won the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes, but the real winner is Tanaka's dog. Also Tanaka, I guess. But we focus on dog-based reporting here. According to SBS in Australia:
Japanese baseball sensation Masahiro Tanaka chartered his own Boeing 787 Dreamliner to fly him to New York, with the entire plane taken up by his five-strong party and his pet dog.
The ace pitcher, who has just signed a seven-year MLB deal worth $US155 million ($A173.6 million) with the New York Yankees, is believed to have splashed out $US195,000 ($A218,000) of his own money on the one-way flight.
Things I'd do with $173.6 million:
- Walk-in ice cream sundae
- Re-create "Double Dare" obstacle course in garage, hire Marc Summers to provide play-by-play
- Personal Magic: The Gathering trainer
- Finally have the free time to watch Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps
- Buy three Lego sets (Lego is a little pricey)
- Get a third cat
So Tanaka's cooler than me (probably)
(h/t to Craig Calcaterra)