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(NBC Sports)   Former Mariner Ichiro Suzuki, 43, homers in what could be his last at bat at Safeco Field ... the same night they give away an Ichiro bobblehead   ( mlb.nbcsports.com) divider line
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2017-04-20 10:37:42 PM  
What a way to go out
 
2017-04-21 12:04:22 AM  
Ichiro rules.
 
2017-04-21 12:14:58 AM  
A lot can be said for Hideo Nomo blazing the trail for Japanese ball players in the MLB, but Ichiro really stands out as the perfect player to represent imported Asian talent. He's not just extremely talented, but he's also hard working and very fan-friendly.

The road that Nomo blazed was paved by Ichiro, and it's a real pleasure for every Mariner fan to call Ichiro one of our own.

どうもありがとう、イチロさん.
 
2017-04-21 12:58:25 AM  
He can ball.
 
2017-04-21 01:31:40 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: A lot can be said for Hideo Nomo blazing the trail for Japanese ball players in the MLB, but Ichiro really stands out as the perfect player to represent imported Asian talent. He's not just extremely talented, but he's also hard working and very fan-friendly.

The road that Nomo blazed was paved by Ichiro, and it's a real pleasure for every Mariner fan to call Ichiro one of our own.

どうもありがとう、イチロさん.


Truth.
 
2017-04-21 01:39:32 AM  
I shed a tear when I saw this. Well done, Ichiro.
 
2017-04-21 01:45:34 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: A lot can be said for Hideo Nomo blazing the trail for Japanese ball players in the MLB, but Ichiro really stands out as the perfect player to represent imported Asian talent. He's not just extremely talented, but he's also hard working and very fan-friendly.

The road that Nomo blazed was paved by Ichiro, and it's a real pleasure for every Mariner fan to call Ichiro one of our own.

どうもありがとう、イチロさん.


Hey.. with no kanji, I actually can read that!  (Haven't used much of the Japanese I learned for the last 15 years... you lose it)
 
2017-04-21 01:50:21 AM  
Ah yes, the Bobblehead...a leftover remnant of the Owners and the Bosses who thinks gimmicks and cheap collectibles are a better way to profitability than...you know...fielding a good team that will put fans in the seats and buying more tickets.

/Lincoln and Armstrong need to die already.
 
2017-04-21 04:57:45 AM  
Glad the Mariners fans were classy. Ichiro was a beast and a class act.

I met him and his wife at the Redmond dog park once somewhere around 05.
They had a Shiba Inu that was totally adorable.   My mother being the walking disaster that she was strutted up to Ichiro's wife and I shiat you not:

My Mom: "WHAHAAAAAT KIIIIIIIIIINNNNND OOOOOOOOOOOOOOFFFFF DOOOOOOOOG IIIIIIISSSSS THAAAAAAAAAT????"

Ichiro's Wife: "It's a Shiba Inu." (In perfect english with quite frankly a beautiful voice)

My Mom: /bows (I fark you not),  "THAAAAAAAAAAAAAANK YOOOOOUUUUUUUUUU!"

At this point I was seriously considering filling my pockets with stones and jumping into the slough.


A year later she bowed in front of the Manager at the (totally packed) Redmond Wells Fargo (black guy, from Somalia), god damn almost touched her head to the floor and did the dramatic loud whisper "PEEEEAAAACE BE WITH YOUUUUUUU", not ten minutes after harassing the fark out of the clerk that was helping us (woman of Chinese ancestry, born in America) about what it was like to grow up in China after she made it clear that her grandparents grew up in China, she grew up in Bellevue.

I'm pretty sure we are dealing with some mental illness here.

Every once in a while my wife will roll over while I'm sleeping and dramatically whisper "PEEEEAAAAACE BE WIIIIIIITH YOUUUUUUUUU!" in my ear, just to make sure the nightmares stay fresh.
 
2017-04-21 07:50:02 AM  
welcome to 2 days ago
 
2017-04-21 08:06:41 AM  
One of the things I like best about Ichiro.  He had plenty of home run power, but as a leadoff hitter, he saw his role as disrupting the opposing team as much as possible.  Hitting it out of the park didn't accomplish that.  Getting on base, making the defense guard him from stealing, making the pitcher get out of his normal rhythm to try to prevent him from stealing -- all of those things likely put more runs on the board for the Mariners than hitting a dinger would have accomplished.
 
2017-04-21 09:54:32 AM  

Wave Of Anal Fury: One of the things I like best about Ichiro.  He had plenty of home run power, but as a leadoff hitter, he saw his role as disrupting the opposing team as much as possible.  Hitting it out of the park didn't accomplish that.  Getting on base, making the defense guard him from stealing, making the pitcher get out of his normal rhythm to try to prevent him from stealing -- all of those things likely put more runs on the board for the Mariners than hitting a dinger would have accomplished.


Not to mention the hand cannon mounted to his right shoulder that gunned down many a runner on the basepaths foolish enough to test it.
 
2017-04-21 09:59:22 AM  

omg bbq: Glad the Mariners fans were classy. Ichiro was a beast and a class act.

I met him and his wife at the Redmond dog park once somewhere around 05.
They had a Shiba Inu that was totally adorable.   My mother being the walking disaster that she was strutted up to Ichiro's wife and I shiat you not:

My Mom: "WHAHAAAAAT KIIIIIIIIIINNNNND OOOOOOOOOOOOOOFFFFF DOOOOOOOOG IIIIIIISSSSS THAAAAAAAAAT????"

Ichiro's Wife: "It's a Shiba Inu." (In perfect english with quite frankly a beautiful voice)

My Mom: /bows (I fark you not),  "THAAAAAAAAAAAAAANK YOOOOOUUUUUUUUUU!"

At this point I was seriously considering filling my pockets with stones and jumping into the slough.


A year later she bowed in front of the Manager at the (totally packed) Redmond Wells Fargo (black guy, from Somalia), god damn almost touched her head to the floor and did the dramatic loud whisper "PEEEEAAAACE BE WITH YOUUUUUUU", not ten minutes after harassing the fark out of the clerk that was helping us (woman of Chinese ancestry, born in America) about what it was like to grow up in China after she made it clear that her grandparents grew up in China, she grew up in Bellevue.

I'm pretty sure we are dealing with some mental illness here.

Every once in a while my wife will roll over while I'm sleeping and dramatically whisper "PEEEEAAAAACE BE WIIIIIIITH YOUUUUUUUUU!" in my ear, just to make sure the nightmares stay fresh.



Wow....that's a legit CSB.

I don't think my Mom has embarrassed me quite like that...but my Dad and Grandmother probably have.
 
2017-04-21 10:21:52 AM  

The_Sponge: I don't think my Mom has embarrassed me quite like that...but my Dad and Grandmother probably have.


My grandmother, back when she was alive, once came up to a table of African Americans enjoying their meal out at the local cafeteria-style restaurant. They had a little boy in a high chair, about 18 months old.

"Oh! How adorable! Those blacks are so cute when they're little!"  My eyes jet-sprayed unspoken apologies to the entire table, and we turned and left immediately.

And now... Ichiro. Including his MLB regular season and post-season totals plus his time in the Japanese league, the man has 4338 base hits in his career. So far. Even if he couldn't hit for power, couldn't field or throw for shiat, and wasn't a threat on the basepaths... he'd still be a goddamn legend.
 
2017-04-21 11:41:15 AM  
I was able to see Ichiro play live twice, on back to back days.  The Mariners were playing the Rockies in an exhibition two game series (last two spring training games for both teams, officially) at the Isotopes ballpark in Albuquerque.  Isotopes Park in a lot of ways is Coors Field in miniature (designed by the same people).  Similar altitude, but even less humidity in ABQ.  So what I remember was it was very cold for the night game and windy so either the ball flew if it was with the wind or knocked down quickly if against.  The day game the following day was great and the ball was flying to all fields.  We were right at the right field foul pole and I've never seen more souvenirs hit in a game.  About Ichiro specifically, I recall the bow between Ichiro and Chone Figgins at the start of the games, nobody ran on Ichiro and he was a hard out.
 
2017-04-21 12:28:08 PM  

Wave Of Anal Fury: One of the things I like best about Ichiro.  He had plenty of home run power, but as a leadoff hitter, he saw his role as disrupting the opposing team as much as possible.  Hitting it out of the park didn't accomplish that.  Getting on base, making the defense guard him from stealing, making the pitcher get out of his normal rhythm to try to prevent him from stealing -- all of those things likely put more runs on the board for the Mariners than hitting a dinger would have accomplished.


I remember watching him play early on for the Mariners. The guy had one of the fastest transitions from swing to sprint anyone had ever seen. This would make normally easy-out put-put infield hits a threat to them because unless they worked together perfectly he was going to get on base. The guy was a walking infield grounder clinic. On top of all of this people often forget that he played something like 9 years in Japan so it's not like he rolled into the MLB with fresh legs and low mileage. This guy was a freak of nature with physical ability, reflexes, and endurance that most professional players could only dream to have.

On top of that by all accounts he was a class act. The kind of player you wanted on your team due to his dedication, discipline, and lack of drama. If you were a parent and role models for your kid mattered to you, Ichiro was someone you pointed to when your kids were around. It will be a long time before baseball or professional sports in general see the likes of him again.
 
2017-04-21 03:07:59 PM  
I will forever love the way he slowly lines up his bat before the pitcher is set.

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Not sure why, but it's total bad ass
 
2017-04-21 03:36:47 PM  
Great farking  guy and phenomenal player. 1st ballot HOFer
 
2017-04-21 04:47:43 PM  

omg bbq: Glad the Mariners fans were classy. Ichiro was a beast and a class act.

I met him and his wife at the Redmond dog park once somewhere around 05.
They had a Shiba Inu that was totally adorable.   My mother being the walking disaster that she was strutted up to Ichiro's wife and I shiat you not:

My Mom: "WHAHAAAAAT KIIIIIIIIIINNNNND OOOOOOOOOOOOOOFFFFF DOOOOOOOOG IIIIIIISSSSS THAAAAAAAAAT????"

Ichiro's Wife: "It's a Shiba Inu." (In perfect english with quite frankly a beautiful voice)

My Mom: /bows (I fark you not),  "THAAAAAAAAAAAAAANK YOOOOOUUUUUUUUUU!"

At this point I was seriously considering filling my pockets with stones and jumping into the slough.


A year later she bowed in front of the Manager at the (totally packed) Redmond Wells Fargo (black guy, from Somalia), god damn almost touched her head to the floor and did the dramatic loud whisper "PEEEEAAAACE BE WITH YOUUUUUUU", not ten minutes after harassing the fark out of the clerk that was helping us (woman of Chinese ancestry, born in America) about what it was like to grow up in China after she made it clear that her grandparents grew up in China, she grew up in Bellevue.

I'm pretty sure we are dealing with some mental illness here.

Every once in a while my wife will roll over while I'm sleeping and dramatically whisper "PEEEEAAAAACE BE WIIIIIIITH YOUUUUUUUUU!" in my ear, just to make sure the nightmares stay fresh.


My grandfather refers to all Asian people as "Orientals". It's humiliating.
 
2017-04-21 04:51:01 PM  
Thanks to my job I got to spend watch Derek Jeter's second last game (almost his last as the next day was predicted to be a rain out) at Yankee Stadium from a box over home plate. I wasn't that interested in Jeter but went because I had never seen Ichiro in person. He didn't get a hit but did have an at bat so I left satisfied.
 
2017-04-21 06:58:52 PM  

tuckeg: I wasn't that interested in Jeter


Well, no gift basket for you.
 
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