New York Yankees pitcher, Masahiro Tanaka was unveiled to the press at Yankee Stadium today and the Japanese ace did not hold back on what his goal is.
With the assistance of an interpreter, Tanaka said that his number one goal was to win a World Championship with the Yankees.
The $155 million man did respond to questions from the media in English although his answers in general were short and to the point.
“Hello, my name is Masahiro Tanaka,” he began with a smile on his face. “I’m very happy to be a Yankee.”
Yankees GM, Brian Cashman was incredibly enthusiastic about the new signing.
“This is big, this is something I was thinking as I drove in today, this would make The Boss proud,” Cashman said. “This is Yankee big, this is Steinbrenner big. We’re really excited to welcome the newest Yankee, officially, to the family.”
Tanaka also addressed the famous rivalry with the Boston Red Sox and all the pressure that comes with being a New York Yankee:
“I’m very much looking forward to playing in that environment... I’ve heard this place could be very harsh to you at times. I just wanted to see where I can get to with my ability.”
The pitcher signed a seven year contract with the Yankees in January after spending six years with the Golden Eagles of the Japanese league.
Yankees manager, Joe Giradi announced that Tanaka will wear the number 19 jersey this season.