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Ichiro gave a surprise gift at Hitoki Iwase’s retirement party ... then immediately left

Ichiro could have stayed longer, if he wanted.

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: November 19, 2018 at 11:10 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. vortex of dissipation Posted: November 19, 2018 at 11:17 PM (#5789447)
Iwase's most famous save was Game 5 of the 2007 Japan Series, which clinched the Series for the Chunichi Dragons against the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters. Iwase threw a perfect ninth, after Daisuke Yamai threw eight perfect innings; the Dragons won 1-0, in the only perfect game in Japan Series history.
   2. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: November 20, 2018 at 03:58 AM (#5789482)
Wow. Was it controversial that Yamai wasn’t allowed to try to finish the perfect game?
   3. vortex of dissipation Posted: November 20, 2018 at 06:54 AM (#5789489)
Extremely controversial. Yamai wasn't a star - he was a surprise starter in the game. He started that season in the minors, and had a record of 6-4 that year, in only 83 innings and 13 starts, although he'd pitched well down the stretch. He had only one complete game that year. Manager Hiromitsu Ochiai felt he was tiring in the eighth, and with only a 1-0 lead and the title in reach, he went for Iwase, who was a star, coming off his third straight season of 40+ saves. Ochiai felt it was more important for the team to win the series than for Yamai to get the solo perfect game, but a lot of fans felt Yamai should have been given the chance to finish it. Yamai did later pitch a regular season complete game no-hitter, in 2013.
   4. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: November 20, 2018 at 09:48 AM (#5789532)
Wow, that's amazing vortex. ESPN's various talking head shows would have gotten weeks of conversation out of that.

As for the birthday party, did Ichiro at least make a speech?
   5. PreservedFish Posted: November 20, 2018 at 10:15 AM (#5789548)
That is amazing. Thanks for the story.
   6. PepTech, the Legendary Posted: November 20, 2018 at 10:45 AM (#5789572)
From the article linked above, I found a link to this graphic, which is totally cool. Time lapse of all his MLB hits

I guess Ichiro! never wanted to take a HR to opposite field.
   7. PreservedFish Posted: November 20, 2018 at 10:50 AM (#5789574)
That's fascinating, PepTech. Now I'm wondering how different some other hitter's would be. Ichiro has a billion hits that fall in front of outfielders. Is that something he specialized in, or is that just an area where everyone gets hits?
   8. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: November 20, 2018 at 11:47 AM (#5789632)

Wow, that's amazing vortex. ESPN's various talking head shows would have gotten weeks of conversation out of that.


And just imagine if Iwase had blown the save!
   9. The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 20, 2018 at 12:01 PM (#5789641)
Seems like we need to know what the gift was.
   10. PepTech, the Legendary Posted: November 20, 2018 at 12:12 PM (#5789650)
That's fascinating, PepTech. Now I'm wondering how different some other hitter's would be.
Me too. I've occasionally seen an article that shows where a hitter has a tendency to hit, but I'd not seen this approach before. If anyone has a link to a resource of these, I'd appreciate it being shared.

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