That's right. Masahiro Tanaka graces the cover of this week's issue of Sports Illustrated.
I've gotta be honest; I'm not sure how I feel about it. On the one hand, CC Sabathia showed up on the cover of the 2009 season preview and the Yanks won Championship No. 27.
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And that's before we mention that Tanaka has never thrown a pitch in the U.S., and that the Yankees' track record with pitchers from the Land of the Rising Sun includes Hideki Irabu and Kei Igawa.
When I opened this week's issue, I was hoping that I'd see five other regional covers featuring teams throughout the league. But, nope. I think that Tanaka's mug is on every copy of SI in the country.
I'm not a superstitious guy, even less so than Michael Scott. For instance, I think it's absurd that skyscrapers refuse to label the thirteenth floor and that some people avoid cracked mirrors. With that being said, let me repeat: The Sports Illustrated Cover Jinx is REAL.
Tanaka's doomed and the season's over before it has started. Hey, at least Tanaka's got a hot wife.
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