City of Arlington building bond with Darvish's hometown




Posted on May 15, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 16 at 2:17 AM

Habikino, Japan

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ARLINGTON — How big a deal is Yu Darvish?

The Texas Rangers' Japanese pitching sensation now has his hometown and the city he plays in building a bond.

The mayor of Habikino, Japan sent Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck a special package this week.

Inside was a photo of the Japanese symbol for friendship; a photo of Mayor Tsuguo Kitagawa; and a kimono with both cities' names on the front.

"I wrote him a letter and sent him gifts — mainly Rangers gear — and said I want to be friends," Cluck said.

The Arlington mayor reached out to Darvish's hometown after the pitcher was signed by the Rangers earlier this year. He is looking to create a sister-city relationship with the Japanese town near Osaka that has about one-third the population of Arlington.

Cluck has invited Mayor Kitagawa to join him for a game at the Ballpark in Arlington. It's an offer Kitagawa said he looks forward to.