After a seven-inning shutout effort in his Dodgers debut, Yu Darvish faced the D-backs on Thursday night at Chase Field. Even before ever putting on a Dodgers uniform, Darvish had loyal fans following his every pitch.
So, it wasn't that much of a surprise to see that a familiar Darvish lookalike was taking it all in. He posed with a small baseball and, perhaps appropriately, wore a jersey that said "Minivish" on the back:
Hey, it's not exactly like the "Yu-San" Dodgers jersey that Darvish will wear over Players Weekend, but it looks good! The Dodgers' broadcasters seemed to think that it was not the first time that he's been seen watching Darvish pitch, either.
If so, it's good to see that he's maintained his loyalty to Darvish despite the switch in teams.
Darvish rewarded Minivish and company with 10 strikeouts over five innings of two-run ball, becoming just the second Dodger ever to fan 10 batters in each of his first two starts. The Dodgers won, 8-6. When you're striking out the likes of Paul Goldschmidt three times, you're having a good night.