Twenty-one year old Japanese slugger Hikara Daichi has signed with the New York Yankees much to the disappointment of other teams in the American League. Also his many fans in Japan are already upset.
"It's not like they don't have a powerful line-up now", stated the manager of the Chicago White Sox. "They just keep buying up the best players."
"It's always a bidding war and the New York Yankees have the deepest pockets", stated an arch rival Boston Red Sox fan. "Baseball has become "Bid Ball" as far as I am concerned. No one has to bring up young players through their farm systems. They can simply let other teams do all that work and then the Yankees reach out with $100 million and sign the best player available."
In one season with the Chiba Lotte Marines, Daichi hit 52 Home Runs and drove in 152 runners. That's amazing with the many low-scoring games there.
However, Professional Baseball commissioner Ryozo Kato in Japan was against the Daichi signing all along.
"We are being treated like the US teams minor league. Hikara Daichi was a huge star here but who can blame him for the millions of dollars that the New York Yankees always have to shell out."
Kato, stopped to wipe a couple of tears out of his eyes, so the Marines must be his favorite team in Japan or maybe he was simply upset over the whole baseball situation there.
"I hope Daichi gets so homesick he can't hit the ball out of the infield", he told reporters and quickly fled the scene.
Many think that the combined inflation of baseball tickets and food, etc. at the games will drive many fans away. However, in places like New York City and Boston there will always be fans who are wealthy and will pay whatever it costs.