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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Ichiro says ‘God’ descended on him for triumph

You didn’t think we’d get out of the WBC without one last Ichiro quote, did you?

“I’ve got it, you know. God descended on me,” an exalted Suzuki told Japanese television after the nail-biting showdown at Dodger Stadium on Monday night.

“I knew everyone in Japan was focused on me and I was making play-by-play comments to myself at the plate,” he added, all smiles.

“It produced a result and I felt I had cleared the barrier.”

Gamingboy Posted: March 25, 2009 at 04:05 AM | 29 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: international, japan, mariners

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   1. Greg K Posted: March 25, 2009 at 04:54 AM (#3113837)
Coolest man in baseball today?
   2. Juan V Posted: March 25, 2009 at 04:58 AM (#3113840)
Yep. Closest thing to Rickey! in current baseball.
   3. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: March 25, 2009 at 04:59 AM (#3113843)
"God descended on me. You know, like in Katamari Damacy when you have to roll up the king, at the end of the game."
   4. Astro Logical Sign Stealer Posted: March 25, 2009 at 05:00 AM (#3113844)
Why the scare quotes?
   5. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: March 25, 2009 at 05:02 AM (#3113848)
They aren't scare quotes, they're actual quotes. You know, quoting the word Ichiro used.

It could have also been

Ichiro says 'God descended on me' for triumph


or

Ichiro says 'God descended on' him for triumph
   6. NODNOK Posted: March 25, 2009 at 05:07 AM (#3113855)
The "I've got it you know"?quote is actually closer to "Man, I got game" in the context of the interview.
   7. Good cripple hitter Posted: March 25, 2009 at 05:16 AM (#3113861)
I don't know what the more shocking quote. First, you have:

While the country is gripped by recession and political turmoil, the winning campaign was estimated by one economist to have generated 50.6 billion yen (516 million dollars) worth of economic spin-offs at home.


That's a staggering amount of money.

Then you have Ichiro apparently saying:

"I had worn South Korea's uniform, Cuba's uniform and the uniforms of various other teams. But finally I wore Japan's uniform," he added in another example of cryptic remarks that have captivated media, with some comparing them to the riddles of Zen masters.


I have no clue what exactly he's getting at. Unless he's trying to say that his .200 batting average meant that he was more successful in helping Cuba win than Japan. Regardless, Ichiro's the best interview in baseball right now.
   8. The Voice of America Posted: March 25, 2009 at 05:21 AM (#3113868)
Unless he's trying to say that his .200 batting average meant that he was more successful in helping Cuba win than Japan


I think thats a pretty good guess. I wouldnt have come up with it.
   9. Harry Balsagne Posted: March 25, 2009 at 05:23 AM (#3113870)
I had kept dragging down the team


A-ROD COUNSELS ICHIRO IN WBC
   10. NODNOK Posted: March 25, 2009 at 07:59 AM (#3113916)
Unless he's trying to say that his .200 batting average meant that he was more successful in helping Cuba win than Japan


Yeah, the line meant that his lackluster performance was helping out the Cubans and Koreans instead of his own team, almost as if he were playing for them, not Japan (hence the uni reference), but in the end he was able to help his own team.

There was another quote he made right after the game, where he basically said "I almost had an orgasm"...that one was edited out of all the evening news segments...
   11. Spute Posted: March 25, 2009 at 08:02 AM (#3113917)
Regardless, Ichiro's the best interview in baseball right now


It depends on what you mean by "best," but if we're going for the surreal factor here, Zack Greinke might give Ichiro a run for his money.
   12. PASTE, Now with Extra Pitch and Extra Stamina Posted: March 25, 2009 at 08:49 AM (#3113926)
It's nice to see Matt Wieters getting credit where credit's due.
   13. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: March 25, 2009 at 08:53 AM (#3113927)
So I guess even God wanted the WBC over with.
   14. Zonk has fast Cardi B pathways to the Wiz Khalifa Posted: March 25, 2009 at 12:29 PM (#3113958)
"I had worn South Korea's uniform, Cuba's uniform and the uniforms of various other teams. But finally I wore Japan's uniform," he added in another example of cryptic remarks that have captivated media, with some comparing them to the riddles of Zen masters.


He stuck around St. Petersburg, when he saw it was time for a change. He killed the czar and his ministers; Anastasia screamed in vain. He rode a tank, held a general's rank while the blitzkrieg raged and the bodies stank.
   15. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 25, 2009 at 12:33 PM (#3113961)
He stuck around St. Petersburg, when he saw it was time for a change. He killed the czar and his ministers; Anastasia screamed in vain. He rode a tank, held a general's rank while the blitzkrieg raged and the bodies stank.

So, you're saying Ichiro is Satan?
   16. Zonk has fast Cardi B pathways to the Wiz Khalifa Posted: March 25, 2009 at 12:38 PM (#3113966)

So, you're saying Ichiro is Satan?


Now that Matt Wieters has revealed himself to us, I don't think there's any other explanation... at least for the monotheistic amongst us.
   17. Mister High Standards Posted: March 25, 2009 at 12:45 PM (#3113972)
You will all get me to ####### hate Matt Wieters.
   18. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 25, 2009 at 01:13 PM (#3113995)
You will all get me to ####### hate Matt Wieters.

They've already done that for me.
   19. Robert S. Posted: March 25, 2009 at 02:06 PM (#3114054)
Matt Wieters forgives you. He doesn't forget, though.
   20. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: March 25, 2009 at 02:08 PM (#3114058)
Yeah, I think if I ever hear the name "Matt Wieters" spoken by someone on TV, I will reflexively change the channel.
   21. Cabbage Posted: March 25, 2009 at 02:21 PM (#3114079)
czar

I, for one, have always preferred the spelling T-S-A-R.

Anything else sounds too much like a worthless bureaucrat.
   22. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: March 25, 2009 at 02:36 PM (#3114098)
Yeah, I think if I ever hear the name "Matt Wieters" spoken by someone on TV, I will reflexively change the channel.

Like I do when I see the face of Nick Bakay or Rick Reilly.
   23. Hack Wilson Posted: March 25, 2009 at 02:59 PM (#3114117)
Speaking of Matt Wieters, I wonder how much truth there is in the old news story:

ATLANTA—Star Georgia Tech catcher Matt Wieters returned to his off-campus apartment following a 3-for-4, two RBI performance Monday, only to find a man he instantly recognized as MLB agent Scott Boras seated in a black leather swivel chair directly facing the door. "I've been expecting you," Boras reportedly said before uncrossing his legs, extinguishing his cigar, and snapping open a metal briefcase full of $100 bills. "I've been watching you, Matthew. Oh, yes, I have. And I'm going to make you a very rich man indeed. Now, I'm going to leave this briefcase here and be on my way. Do I have to tell you that I was never here? I thought not." In other Boras-related news, NC State pitching prospect Andrew Brackman recently reported falling asleep after eating a pizza delivered by "an anonymous fan" and waking up hours later bound and gagged in the back of a nondescript, windowless limousine en route to Yankee Stadium.
   24. Blackadder Posted: March 25, 2009 at 03:33 PM (#3114155)
"Anastasia screamed in vain." You know, I must have heard that song hundreds of times, and I always thought Jagger says "And his nation screamed in vain." I guess this is like Jimi kissing that guy.
   25. stevekim Posted: March 25, 2009 at 04:13 PM (#3114208)
Ichiro says 'God descended on me' for triumph


Is Ichiro talking about the Christian God that we all know and love or the Shinto god that attacked Pearl Harbor?
   26. Hack Wilson Posted: March 25, 2009 at 04:24 PM (#3114221)
I believe Emperor Hirohito was considered divine, at least until General Douglas MacArthur assumed the role.
   27. Astro Logical Sign Stealer Posted: March 25, 2009 at 04:33 PM (#3114232)
They aren't scare quotes, they're actual quotes. You know, quoting the word Ichiro used.

Quoting the single word rather than his phrase--when the headline went on to use those exact words--makes it scare quotes. The tone of the piece is distancing itself from Ichiro's worldview. It's there to draw attention to the fact that Ichiro believes in a "God."
   28. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 25, 2009 at 04:35 PM (#3114238)
The first thing that came to mind when I saw the headline was this.
   29. Nasty Nate Posted: March 25, 2009 at 04:36 PM (#3114239)
"Anastasia screamed in vain." You know, I must have heard that song hundreds of times, and I always thought Jagger says "And his nation screamed in vain." I guess this is like Jimi kissing that guy.


...or Anastasia screamed in pain

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