Waldling were screaming that “They better stop the game when Ichiro gets his 4,000 hit!”
Passing Pete Rose’s hit total is not one of Ichiro Suzuki’s goals, but he does want to get 3,000 hits in the major leagues. First, though, he’ll have to pass 4,000.
Confused? Don’t be — the Yankee outfielder is one hit away from 4K combined between his career in Japan (1,278) and the majors (2,721) after going 2-for-5 Tuesday in the Yanks’ Game 1 win over Toronto.
“I think that’s a goal that is easier to make,” Ichiro said through a translator. “Nobody will say anything about 3,000. There will be no debating from any fans or media.”
Right now, though, all eyes are on Ichiro as he tries to join Rose, the all-time hit leader, and Ty Cobb as the only players to reach 4,000, regardless of where they got them. Ichiro was not in the starting lineup for Game 2 of the day-night doubleheader, though he stole third and scored the winning run in the ninth as a pinch-runner.
“I didn’t have 4,000 hits in my whole career and you can go back to tee ball,” Joe Girardi said. “To me, it’s an unbelievable feat and he’s some kind of hitter.”
Posted: August 21, 2013 at 07:31 AM | 32 comment(s)
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