Hideki Irabu gave us night to remember

Ex-Yank never lived up to the hype, but his first start was a classic Stadium moment

Updated: July 29, 2011, 2:33 PM ET
By Rob Parker | ESPNNewYork.com

Hideki Irabu never became what many thought he would be.

Irabu, the former New York Yankees fireballer from Japan, was found dead in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., on Wednesday. Most reports say of an apparent suicide. He was 42.

After the shock and sorrow wears off, some will be able to trivialize Irabu's baseball career in America. Let's not forget, he was supposed to be Nolan Ryan, just much faster. Yes, the hype was working overtime in 1997 before he made his major league ...

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