Less than two years ago, Yu Darvish was brought to Los Angeles at the trade deadline to help the Dodgers in their quest for a title. Unfortunately, things didn't go as planned, as he took a tough loss in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series.
Saturday, Darvish makes his first start at Dodger Stadium since that game, and he had some powerful words for what the moment means to him.
“F—ing Pain”: Darvish returns to Dodger Stadium tonight: https://t.co/3ByZkxvjHK— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) June 15, 2019
"It's a big deal," he said. "Last year when I came here, that was the worst day of my life. F---ing pain."
Darvish returned to Chavez Ravine as a member of the Cubs in 2018, but in limited capacity, throwing a bullpen session only to get shut down for the rest of the season after it was revealed he had a stress reaction on his right elbow.
Now nearing full strength and on a bit of a hot streak, the veteran starter will look to channel his emotions into his performance as he squares off against Walker Buehler.
#Dodgers coverage: Yu Darvish has been made the villain for LAD's 2017 World Series loss, perhaps even in his own mind.— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) June 15, 2019
"I don’t think Yu Darvish lost the World Series,” Kiké Hernandez said. “I think the Dodgers did.”https://t.co/wcTxA1pPXh
His start on Saturday is about more than earning the win. It's about exorcising the pain, both mental and physical, of the past. Hopefully the 32-year-old hurler can use this as a stepping stone in his return to stardom.