“FAT, PUSSY TOAD” HIDEKI IRABU
Former New York Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu was arrested for allegedly assaulting a bartender in Osaka, Japan today. The New York Post says Irabu drank “20 mugs of beer” then apparently became angry when his credit card was declined. Irabu allegedly pushed the bartender against the wall, pulled his hair and smashed nine liquor bottles.
Irabu spent six seasons in Major League Baseball with the Yankees, Rangers and Expos. He is currently retired and living in California.
The pitcher was one of the first Japanese League players to make the transition to the big leagues. He didn’t do it very successfully. Irabu was 34-35 (although he did win 13 games for the Yankees in 1998). He also drew the wrath of Yankees owner George Steinbrenner who once called Irabu a “fat, pussy toad.”