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Yu Darvish arrives in high style

Posted 10:15pm on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012

Move over, Cheech and Chong. Step aside, Harold and Kumar.

Even Jeffrey Lebowkski, aka the Dude, would have to abide by new Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish's fashion sense, which may very well make him a stoner icon.

The Japanese phenom arrived in high style at DFW Airport on Friday afternoon, with a cadre of security and what appeared to be a T-shirt featuring a marijuana leaf. The shirt, which also read "I Will Survive" (because he's a big Gloria Gaynor fan?), immediately drew curiosity and comments galore in the social media universe.

It didn't take much longer for some killjoys to clarify that the leaf was most likely a Japanese Maple Leaf. In fact, they even offered a side-by-side comparison of the leaves for proof.

But by that point the fun and games in Facebook-land and Twitter-ville had already, um, been sparked up.

Yu was asked about the T-shirt at his Rangers welcome press conference, and he said he had no idea it might be construed as a stoner shirt. He just liked the shirt.

The Rangers, who will be shelling out $111 million for Darvish's services over the next six years, probably preferred seeing him in his No. 11 jersey on the mound at the ballpark. A sign of a World Series victory to come? We can all hope.

As for the not-quite-pot shirt, let's give the 25-year-old right-hander a free pass. It's not like we spotted him wearing it in the In-N-Out drive thru, ordering 10 double-doubles animal style.

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