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12 years ago, Lasorda pitched a half-Iranian, half-Japanese pitcher on L.A. Today, Darvish debuts at Dodger Stadium

The visitor from Los Angeles arrived in Osaka a dozen years ago, as Yu Darvish pondered leaving home for Major League Baseball. Darvish was a senior in high school, but his talent induced a fleet of baseball lifers to board planes bound for Japan. One of them represented the beating heart of the...
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