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Photo: Yu Darvish gets a big head, lowers his ERA to 2.60

David Brown
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Imagine: An entire stadium of over-sized, photocopied Yu Darvish heads on cardboard, with each individual image propped up on picture-frame stands and placed on every seat inside Rangers Ballpark. Just before the first pitch, the artist Cristo lines the stadium with a pink skirt and photographs all of it while rappelling from the Goodyear blimp. That's the natural progression, or where we ought to be headed at least, after this lone fan appeared with a giant Darvish head for Darvish's start for the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.

Possibly inspired by seeing his own BigHead (TM) in the crowd, Darvish allowed four hits and struck out seven in a 4-1 victory against the Oakland Athletics. He lowered his ERA to 2.60. Earning his keep, he is. In the following quote, Darvish pretended he was not in awe of the BigHead:

''No matter what the situation, I try to throw as many inning as I can and go as long as possible,'' Darvish said.*

*Darvish was not actually asked about the BigHead.

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