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Ichiro Suzuki threw a 131-pitch complete game against group of teachers

Ichiro Suzuki retired from Major League Baseball in March, but over the weekend he showed he’ll never, ever be done with baseball.

The Kyodo News reported that Ichiro suited up for an amateur team of local Kobe, Japan, acquaintances and took on the teachers of Chiben Wakayama, a local high school with an excellent baseball program.

Around 3,000 people connected to Chiben Wakayama were in the stands, according to the Kyodo News, and the game attracted a huge media contingent of 80-plus people. The game took place at Hotto Motto Field in Kobe, which is significant for Ichiro. It’s the stadium he first played in when he began his career with the Orix Blue Wave (now the Orix Buffaloes) back in 1992.

Maybe it was the field that inspired Ichiro, or maybe it’s that he’s still a world-class baseball player at age 46. He tossed a 131-pitch complete game, using a rubber ball that’s traditionally used in “kusayakyu,” or neighborhood baseball. He allowed six hits, no runs, no walks and struck out 16. At the plate, he went 3 for 4 with a walk — a very Ichiro day. Ichiro and his team ended up beating the teachers of Chiben Wakayama 14-0.

Something to add to the list of things that Ichiro could do because he wanted to…..

 

QLE Posted: December 02, 2019 at 09:22 PM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: ichiro suzuki, position players pitching

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   1. "RMc", the superbatsman Posted: December 03, 2019 at 05:48 PM (#5905378)
Ichiro can't hear you over the sound of how awesome he is.
   2. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: December 03, 2019 at 05:56 PM (#5905381)
Yeah, but he didn't hit any home runs.
   3. Itchy Row Posted: December 03, 2019 at 06:05 PM (#5905383)
he began his career with the Orix Blue Wave (now the Orix Buffaloes)
Ichiro is powerful enough to turn water into buffaloes. It makes Jesus's wine trick look sad.
   4. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 03, 2019 at 06:14 PM (#5905385)
Ichiro is powerful enough to turn water into buffaloes. It makes Jesus's wine trick look sad.

I don't know about you, but I'd much rather have a bunch of wine than a bunch of buffaloes.
   5. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: December 03, 2019 at 06:16 PM (#5905386)
Ichiro is powerful enough to turn water into buffaloes.
Dude, water buffaloes are totally already a thing.
   6. JAHV Posted: December 03, 2019 at 06:25 PM (#5905388)
I don't know about you, but I'd much rather have a bunch of wine than a bunch of buffaloes.


I'd rather have a bunch of buffalo wings than a bunch of wine.
   7. Itchy Row Posted: December 03, 2019 at 06:28 PM (#5905392)
You'll get what Ichiro gives you, and you'll like it.

Unless Ichiro doesn't want you to like it.
   8. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: December 03, 2019 at 06:43 PM (#5905395)
I'd rather have a bunch of buffalo wings than a bunch of wine.
How about a half-bunch of each? Seems like a nice pairing.
   9. PreservedFish Posted: December 03, 2019 at 06:51 PM (#5905397)
Challenging pairing, really, with the assertive spice and acidity of the wings. They usually recommend rieslings to pair with Thai food, and I think that would probably be the safe bet here.
   10. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: December 03, 2019 at 06:54 PM (#5905398)
Ichiro could have thrown a 132-pitch complete game if he'd wanted to.
   11. Joe Bivens, Slack Rumped Rutabaga Head Posted: December 03, 2019 at 07:04 PM (#5905401)
Yeah, but he didn't hit any home runs.


They used rubber balls.
   12. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 03, 2019 at 07:24 PM (#5905404)
I'd rather have a bunch of buffalo wings than a bunch of wine.

Not an option. You get a whole buffalo, or wine.
   13. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: December 03, 2019 at 07:41 PM (#5905406)
This is pretty cool, but also seems kind of unfair to the teachers...although I guess getting K'd by Ichiro is still a good story.
   14. Itchy Row Posted: December 03, 2019 at 07:57 PM (#5905408)
The teachers never imagined that Ichiro would end up teaching them more than they taught him.

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