Tanaka's contract expires this year, meaning an astronomical figure Major League Baseball contract awaits.
What does it take for a guy to get a little notice?
* Imagine the conversation between hot baseball barons Mikitani and Watanabe Tsuneo, the don of the Yomiuri Group:
M: "New Media, Old Media. Abe listens to both of us."
W: "Abe listens to you. But he respects me."
M: "He flatters you. Only you think that means he respects you."
W: "Come back and lecture me about influencing politics after you threaten the prime minister in public a second time and get away with it."