Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Ichiro a Yankee

Its been a very odd 2 days in Seattle for baseball fans. On Monday the New York Yankees aquired 10 time All-star Ichiro Suzuki from the Seattle Mariners. Ichiro in another uniform is weird enough but Ichiro playing his 1st game in Seattle with the Yankees batting 8th is even more odd. In a press conference held at Safeco field the former Mariner franchise player said “I’m going from a team with the most losses to a team with the most wins so it’s hard to contain my excitement” . He stepped up to the plate like he’s done many times before wearing #31 he was greeted by 29,911 of the Seattle faithful with a standing ovation and a tip of the cap. He dug in ready to face Kevin Milwood and very quickly he smacked a single right up the middle and got on base in the 2nd inning. He wasted no time Stealing his 16th base of the season and a lot of fans probably started saying “where was that yesterday” in they’re mind. Ichiro would go 1-4 with a stolen base and rbi on route to a 4-1 Yankee win in his debut. As odd as Monday night was Tuesday night might have even been a more odd sight to see. During the top of the 3rd inning Ichiro had his 1st plat appearance against “King Felix” Hernandez. If you are a Mariner fan this was a sight too see the All-time hit Leader vs. one of best pitchers in franchise history. The 2 Seattle cornerstones squared off and Felix got the better of Ichiro jamming him inside and getting him to pop out to 3rd baseman Kyle Seager. In the top of 6th the elite hitter got revenge on his former teamate Doubling  down the right field line for his 16th double of the season. The duel between the former teamates would end afte Ichiro got hit by a pitch in the 7th inning and Felix was taken out of the ballgame. So what does Ichiro in New York city mean? It mean the at for the 1st time in his career he truly has a chance to get the only thing he hasn’t accomplished in his illustrious baseball career. He gets to do it on one of baseball’s biggest stages ina huge media market. Playing in New York should give Ichiro a breath of freah air and rejuvenate him back to All-star form. He was only hitting 261. In Seattle which is far from normal for the Japanese phenom. As much as I hate the Yankees I wouldn’t mind seeing one of my generations greatest players finally get a ring.

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