Reports say he rented the Japan Airlines plane that landed at JFK Airport on Sunday, its 200 or so seats pretty much empty. L.A. would have been so much closer — and maybe cheaper too, mileage wise.
The right-handed pitcher with a $155-million contract over seven years was officially introduced to the Yankees on Tuesday before the team heads to Tampa, Fla., for spring training this weekend.
The plane he chartered from Japan Airlines reportedly flew with just five passengers, including his pet dog named Haru, the Associated Press reports.
The New York Times says JAL confirmed the charter flight but wouldn't reveal the cost. The Dodgers had expressed interest in signing the Japanese ballplayer in January, but their offer wasn't enough to secure the pitcher. Dodgers officials later said they were unsure whether Tanaka was worth the big price tag.