Yu Darvish’s name was announced in Petko Park to kick off the third inning on Wednesday afternoon, and “Intoxicated,” a popular house song by Martin Solveig and GTA, rang out over the speakers.
Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who uses this song as his music for a walk, threw his hands in the air with feigned disgust. Darvish, the former Cube starter in his first season at the San Diego Padres, smiled broadly as he approached the lodge.
Darvish, who made his first start against the dice after the off-season trade, did not troll Rizzo.
He paid tribute.
“I used this song because Rizzo was the one who took care of me when things weren’t going well in Chicago,” Darvish said through his interpreter after losing the Padres 3-1. “Somehow I had to say ‘thank you.’ And obviously I have a good relationship with him. “
Darvish continued his remarkable season in a rematch against his former team, allowing only two runs in seven innings to set the ERA at 2.28 in his first 13 starts with his new team. But the Padres, collectively fighting insultingly in recent weeks, have lost for the 10th time in their last 17 games.
The 34-year-old Darwish finished second in the National Young League award last year and is among the best pitchers in the game since the start of the 2020 season, running 14-5 with a 2.15 ERA, 185 shots and just 33 walks for 155 submissions.
Darwish’s time with the Cubs began roughly. He joined them on a six-year, $ 126 million contract in February 2018 and was limited to just eight starts this season. But he turned around in 2019, posting a 3.98 ERA for 178 2/3 passes, then reached another level in the shortened pandemic season.
“Looking back, I had some ups and downs in Chicago,” Darvish said. “Good and bad times, looking back. But what I find is that the fans, the organization and even the media members there – I had tremendous support to spend my years there. So there is a sense of, I guess, gratitude there . “