Showing strong restraint, or maybe it was international goodwill, the Ballpark crowd never gave up Monday night on Yu Darvish.
Even in his brutal early innings, starting with a nightmarish first, Darvish continued to hear the "Yuuuuuuus" instead of the fans' frustration and temptation of "boooooos."
Coming in with out-of-sight hype for his MLB debut, Yu appeared immediately trapped in a butterfly jungle, with nerves impacting pitching rhythm, timing and all other mound mechanics.
The top of the first took a staggering 23 minutes with Seattle collecting four runs on four hits, three walks and 10 batters coming to the plate.
At one point, Scott Feldman was up and warming in the Rangers' bullpen. Would Yu even make an inning?
But out of that mess, Darvish was still on the mound to open the sixth, greeted by "Yuuuuuus" as he left the dugout, and two outs and four batters later, he received a standing ovation from 42,003 when he departed with a three-run lead.
Much like the crowd, Ron Washington hung with Darvish through a long evening. It's a familiar local ballyard story:
If a pitcher can finally get it right, the Rangers' bats eventually can make it right.
Yu did and the boom boom bats did in an 11-5 win.