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Ichiro Suzuki Newsbeat

Tuesday, July 06, 2021

Untold stories of Ichiro: Wrestling with Griffey, All-Star speeches and ‘Ichi wings’

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Sele: His first year, in spring training, guys were taking BP, and I believe that he was hitting with Jay (Buhner) and Edgar. They were cranking line drives all over the place, no big deal. Ichiro was just staying inside the ball and just flipping the ball to left field with no real impact. Lou (Piniella) starts to get on him, saying something like, “Son, you’ve got to get behind the ball. Drive the ball.” Ichiro puts his finger to his lips and says, “Shhhhhh. I’ve got a plan.”

McLaren: Lou asked him, “Son, do you ever turn on a ball? Do you ever pull the ball?” He just nodded his head and said, “Sometimes.” And Lou goes, “OK, well, I’d like to see it. I’d just like to see you turn on a ball.” So we start the game that night, and he hits one to right field way back on the berm. I mean, he crushed it. So he comes back to the dugout and he’s getting ready to go down the steps and he stops and he looked at Lou and he says, “Is that turn on ball, Lou?”

Sweeney: When you would see Ken Griffey Jr. and Ichiro taking batting practice together, it was unbelievable. It was like watching a video game. It was just majestic home run after majestic home run.

Kelley: Ichiro loved Griffey. Like, loved Griffey.

Bryant: Griffey would tickle him.

Kelley: They would full-on be wrestling around in the locker room on the couches before games, and Ichiro would just be giggling.

Bryant: It would be right during something serious, and you’d look over and Griffey would just tackle him.

Aardsma: It was nonstop.

Kelley: Griffey would get Ichiro talking #### back to him. He’d be calling Griffey names. At one point, Griffey got a photo of Ichiro and Ichiro’s dog, and I think they were on a private jet. He flew his dog on the private jet when he came to America. Somehow, Griffey got a photo and he got it photoshopped and he overlaid his face with the dog. And he framed it and put it in Ichiro’s locker.

Aardsma: Ichiro had a tie made with Griffey on it, so the whole team wore the tie with Ken Griffey Jr. on it. So Griffey went and got a picture with him and Ichiro’s family and put himself in the picture. Like, as if he were Ichiro. God damn, that was hilarious.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 06, 2021 at 04:46 PM | 11 comment(s)
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