The Yankees will introduce Masahiro Tanaka to the media at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, then later this week he will be in Tampa when pitchers and catchers report to spring training. Over the weekend, the right-hander chartered a plane from Japan to make sure he arrived to this week's events in style (and in time).
Tanaka didn't charter any ol' plane though. He dropped $195,000 (!) for a private flight on one of Japan Airline's Boeing 787 Dreamliners, according to Bruce Golding of the New York Post. 787s usually seat around 300 people, so Tanaka surely brought a larger party with him, right? Wrong. It was Tanaka, his wife, his wife's poodle, and three other people. That's it. Nearly 40 grand per person.
“It's a (chartered) private jet. It's not something the Yankees could have prepared," said Tanaka while adding he wanted to arrive to spring training "in the best of form."
A non-stop flight from Japan to New York requires a huge plane, but it's not often you hear about someone chartering a plane that size for only five people (and a dog). But hey, Tanaka just signed a $155 million contract. I mean, if you aren't going to use that contract to charter 787s around the globe, then what's the point?