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Saturday, September 22, 2012

TSN: Ichiro Suzuki, looking better and better in pinstripes, defies doubters

Just don’t (.269 slash) play him (.288 slash) away from (.321 no slash) Yankee Stadium.

Months from now, perhaps as New York readies for another parade down the Canyon of Heroes, will we point to this week as the moment when it all crystallized? With the Baltimore Orioles huffing at the Yankees’ shins, Ichiro had one of those series that makes Yankee haters want to toss a mug at their TVs.

... But wouldn’t it be something if Girardi’s binder whispered to him to fiddle with his lineup and maybe bat Ichiro first and Jeter second consistently? Jeter, in the midst of a remarkable season at age 38, leads the majors with 203 hits. The move would defy all that we think we know about Yankee baseball, two pesky geezers at the top of the order creating chaos unusual for the big bopping club. Ichiro, alas, won’t even bother to entertain such a mad hatter idea.

“I’m very happy with how everything is right now,” he said.

Come the offseason, Ichiro will be a tantalizing free agent. The Hall of Fame waits, a second act in Japan beckons, but he’s not averse to a few more surprises. Never forget, there were an awful lot of baseball geniuses who reckoned he was too frail to survive long in the major leagues, that he’d never consistently endure grueling 162-game seasons.

Repoz Posted: September 22, 2012 at 12:20 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Everybody Loves Tyrus Raymond Posted: September 22, 2012 at 12:54 AM (#4242767)
Quote from me in this thread on July 24:

"Ichiro strikes me as the kind of guy that may be invigorated by this and catch lightning in a bottle for two months. Wouldn't be surprised if he hits .320 the rest of the way."

Current BA in New York: .327

Thank you, thank you. *bows*

   2. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: September 22, 2012 at 01:30 AM (#4242777)
Matt Clement of Alexandria the day of the trade:

Apparently the Yankees will only be paying $2M of Ichiro's remaining salary.

I really hate the ####### Yankees. Of course Ichiro's hitting .330 the rest of the summer. Vegas probably won't even take odds on that.
   3. What's the realistic upside, RMc? Posted: September 22, 2012 at 06:10 AM (#4242790)
On my radio show, I said, "You watch, Ichiro's gonna be back to his old self in pinstripes."

Career average: .322
Average with New York: .327

The hatred, it burns.
   4. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: September 22, 2012 at 09:15 AM (#4242814)
I don't know if this matters, but, to be fair, Ichiro was pretty mediocre before the current hot streak. 10 hits in 13 at bats or whatever will boost your average pretty fast.
   5. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: September 22, 2012 at 09:30 AM (#4242820)
The Yankees really need to be investigated to see if they found the Fountain of Youth or some ####.
   6. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 22, 2012 at 03:25 PM (#4243023)
Two hits, including a HR, as well as a sacrifice, thus far today. The Magic of Pinstripes is real.
   7. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 22, 2012 at 03:29 PM (#4243028)
[4] So? That 10 for 13 has been pretty significant in the Yankees current winning streak.
   8. Monty Posted: September 22, 2012 at 06:51 PM (#4243227)
But wouldn’t it be something if Girardi’s binder whispered to him to fiddle with his lineup and maybe bat Ichiro first and Jeter second consistently?


Let me answer that question with a question: What in the hell are you talking about?
   9. Swedish Chef Posted: September 22, 2012 at 07:03 PM (#4243246)
What in the hell are you talking about?

Maybe talking office paraphernalia is a side effect from smoking the objective pipe or something?

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