Masahiro Tanaka Chartered a 200-Seat Plane to New York for Five People and His Dog

Sam Page
Monday February 10th, 2014

Masahiro Tanaka of Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles Arrives at Miyazaki Airport

The Yankees paid $155 million to get Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka to New York. And now Tanaka has paid .12% ($195k) of that fortune to bring his wife and poodle to New York with him:

Japan Airlines (JAL) confirmed he used one of its Boeing 787s but declined to disclose further details.

Jiji Press news agency said Tanaka booked out the whole plane - which usually has about 200 seats - for a group of five including his wife. His dog - a brown Toy Poodle - was also aboard, the Sports Nippon said.

Given the state of the Yanks' infield post-A-Rod, it's good for Tanaka to get used to seeing so many empty seats. [SBS via Big League Stew]

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