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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Ichiro wins Seattle’s heart again with moving speech ahead of walk-off win

The Seattle Mariners are spending their penultimate weekend at home this season honoring future Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki’s career with “Ichiro Weekend,” which kicked off Friday night in Seattle.

The 45-year-old retired from playing after the Mariners’ season-opening series against the Oakland Athletics in his native Japan. Ichiro has been serving as a special adviser to the team since early in the 2018 season, but came back to take the field for a final time in Tokyo.

After playing the first of three games against the White Sox on Friday, the Mariners hosted Ichiro Fireworks Night. Then Saturday night, in addition to giving out Ichiro bobbleheads, the team staged a pregame ceremony in his honor — before the team walked off on an Omar Narvaez homer to win 2-1.

Ichiro, who throughout his career did most of his public speaking in Japanese through a translator, addressed the crowd for five minutes in perfect English. Current team members and fellow franchise legends Ken Griffey Jr. and Edgar Martinez stood behind him.

QLE Posted: September 15, 2019 at 11:53 PM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: farewell, ichiro suzuki, mariners

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   1. Esoteric Posted: September 16, 2019 at 11:09 AM (#5879590)
Turns out this is one thing Ichiro really could do if he wanted to.
   2. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 16, 2019 at 11:45 AM (#5879596)
Ichiro, who throughout his career did most of his public speaking in Japanese through a translator, addressed the crowd for five minutes in perfect English.
Just for the hell of it, he's going to do his HOF induction speech in fluent Farsi.
   3. Itchy Row Posted: September 16, 2019 at 11:48 AM (#5879598)
Just for the hell of it, he's going to do his HOF induction speech in fluent Farsi.
If it's not semaphore, he might as well not show up.
   4. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 16, 2019 at 11:51 AM (#5879602)
Ichiro could get everyone in the world to speak Esperanto if he wanted to.
   5. Itchy Row Posted: September 16, 2019 at 12:00 PM (#5879604)
Ichiro povus akiri ĉiujn en la mondo paroli Esperanton se li volus.
   6. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 16, 2019 at 12:15 PM (#5879617)
Ichiro steps up to give his speech. It's in an entirely new language, one that Ichiro has invented himself. And yet, everyone understands every word.
   7. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: September 16, 2019 at 01:32 PM (#5879642)
Hard not to love a guy who loves baseball as much as Ichiro does.
   8. My name is RMc and I feel extremely affected Posted: September 17, 2019 at 07:57 PM (#5880166)
It's in an entirely new language, one that Ichiro has invented himself. And yet, everyone understands every word.

Everybody understands this.
   9. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: September 17, 2019 at 08:21 PM (#5880173)
"Ichiro Fireworks Night will be hotter than two rats ####### in a wool sock!"
   10. cardsfanboy Posted: September 17, 2019 at 09:26 PM (#5880204)
I think it's impossible for anyone to be a fan of baseball and not love Ichiro. Outside of being a Raybot, everyone loves Ichiro. He's the perfect example of who we want our baseball heroes to be.
   11. Random Transaction Generator Posted: September 17, 2019 at 11:14 PM (#5880289)
Even Raybot came around and said he'd be a HOF'er after Ichiro got to 3000 hits, right?
   12. cardsfanboy Posted: September 17, 2019 at 11:22 PM (#5880292)
Even Raybot came around and said he'd be a HOF'er after Ichiro got to 3000 hits, right?


Not exactly.. his argument was mostly that he should be judge strictly on his performance in the USA!!!! major leagues... and that 60 war is a stretch, but his peak as a major leaguer might matter...but the fact that he had performance anywhere else other than in the major leagues should be ignored... the 3000 hits isn't as important as his career war... Ray is in the long line of stat guys who wouldn't put Lou Brock in the hof either.

   13. My name is RMc and I feel extremely affected Posted: September 18, 2019 at 09:52 AM (#5880345)
Ray is in the long line of stat guys who wouldn't put Lou Brock in the hof either.

You might have a legit beef with Brock, who has only 45 WAR (48 if you don't negative-WAR seasons, which I don't), dragged down by his awful dWAR (-16.8, 35th-worst all-time, which interestingly is the same as his contemporary, Willie Horton). In any event, that's well short of my (informal) 62 WAR in/out line.

But, of course, Lou has two major exceptions: 3,000 hits and 938 SB. And a coupla rings. As Bill James said, Brock slides in without a throw.

Ichiro's been a Hall of Famer since at least 2010. The 3,000 hits were just the cherry on the cake.
   14. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: September 18, 2019 at 10:23 AM (#5880357)
I don't have Brock as a HOFer, though I understand why others do. Ichiro is an easy in.

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