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Friday, July 09, 2010

MLB: Run-in with Ichiro leaves teen ‘starstruck’ (video)

(in best A-Rod Roddy voice)...Aris Skinner, Come On Down!

A teenage fan sitting in a seat near the right-field foul line at Safeco Field had an interesting “meeting” with Ichiro Suzuki in the first inning Thursday night.

The Mariners game against the Yankees was not even two batters old when Mark Teixeira hit a fly ball to right field. As the ball hooked toward the stands, Ichiro gave chase and reached into the first few row of seats trying to snag the ball.

He didn’t make the catch, and his extended arm collided with 17-year-old Aris Skinner, who was standing up and holding her cell phone.

The local television station broadcasting the game zoomed in on the young girl, who obviously was thrilled with her meeting with Ichiro. She told a Japanese reporter that Ichiro had asked her if she was OK.

“It was awesome,” she said. “I am literally starstruck.”

Repoz Posted: July 09, 2010 at 11:20 AM | 29 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. hardrain Posted: July 09, 2010 at 12:17 PM (#3583232)
Actually, since Mark bats third, the game was more than two batters old.
   2. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: July 09, 2010 at 12:29 PM (#3583238)
That girls reaction is exactly what happened when I met Brian Bannister.

The yelling and screaming and waving the arms and covering the face; that's exactly what he did.

I'll be here all week...
   3. ChadBradfordWannabe Posted: July 09, 2010 at 12:39 PM (#3583244)
....or if I were to meet Chad Bradford
   4. I Am Not a Number Posted: July 09, 2010 at 12:40 PM (#3583245)
I was so starstruck that it was almost enough to make me get off the phone.
   5. Levi Stahl Posted: July 09, 2010 at 12:48 PM (#3583247)
A similar, less happy incident occurred in the Reds/Phillies game last night: in the 12th, Jayson Werth (who'd made a great catch against the scoreboard one play before) ranged into foul ground tracking a pop-up, and as he reached into the first row to grab it, a dude in a Phillies t-shirt got in his way and grabbed it. Werth, looking like Moises in 2003, slammed his glove on the barrier, gave the guy a murderous look (enhanced by the fact that Werth, these days, looks like a killer), and shouted \"####!"

On the broadcast, Orel Hershiser said something along the lines of, "I doubt that fan appreciated that, with his son sitting right there." And, to be fair, the guy did look embarrassed, as did his kid. But seriously, what kind of example is he setting? It's a basic rule: you don't interfere with your own team's fielders. Jayson Werth just wants to make they guy a better dad!
   6. Alex meets the threshold for granular review Posted: July 09, 2010 at 12:50 PM (#3583248)
“It was awesome,” she said. “I am literally starstruck.”


She's awesome for appropriately using "literally."
   7. Pingu Posted: July 09, 2010 at 12:57 PM (#3583253)
No mention of the guy in front of her? Apparantly pissed off about all the attention, but still finds it in his heart to break out the sprinkler on camera?
   8. Repoz Posted: July 09, 2010 at 01:08 PM (#3583259)
Jayson Werth just wants to make the guy a better dad!

Make a better hubby thing?...Well, that's another story.
   9. Captain Joe Bivens, Elderly Northeastern Jew Posted: July 09, 2010 at 01:21 PM (#3583269)
"Oh my god!" "He touched me!" "I have to call my mom!"

And they gave her stuff? Why? For not paying attention to the game?

I'm sure she's a lovely young lady.
   10. Levi Stahl Posted: July 09, 2010 at 01:53 PM (#3583292)
Repoz,
Last night I kept imagining Werth putting Shaggy's "It Wasn't Me" on repeat on the clubhouse stereo as the team was getting ready.
   11. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: July 09, 2010 at 04:39 PM (#3583395)
Bruce Bochy once tried to kill me, and the Padres didn't give me anything. Of course, it was spring training.
   12. My name is Votto, and I love to get Moppo Posted: July 09, 2010 at 04:54 PM (#3583418)
The Safeco employee has a killer hairdo. And what's on the back of her shirt, "Rallyfries"?
   13. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili (TeddyF.Ballgame) Posted: July 09, 2010 at 05:10 PM (#3583447)
Yes, Rally Fries. Garlic fries are a big concession item at Safeco, and at each game some fan is chosen by mysterious means and has fries delivered to his seat. Yes, it's kind of asinine, but people bring signs begging to be selected.

And yes, I think I might be similarly excited if that staffer showed up at my seat, even if she wasn't bringing me free Ichiro gear. Speaking of Ichiro, I like the dude (that's the only correct word) sitting behind the teenager in the vintage M's jacket trying to BE Ichiro.
   14. Dan Evensen Posted: July 09, 2010 at 05:15 PM (#3583460)
And they gave her stuff? Why? For not paying attention to the game?

Well, he did sort of whack her in the face with his arm.

No mention of the guy in front of her? Apparantly pissed off about all the attention, but still finds it in his heart to break out the sprinkler on camera?

I had to watch it again to catch this. God, I need to find something else to do today.
   15. McCoy Posted: July 09, 2010 at 05:20 PM (#3583474)
I had a run-in with Derek Jeter once and all he gave me was herpes. All things considered I'd rather have the Ichiro jersey.
   16. His Clutchness, The Just Pasha Diving Jeter Posted: July 09, 2010 at 05:32 PM (#3583496)
Jealousy is a #####.
   17. Swoboda is freedom Posted: July 09, 2010 at 05:38 PM (#3583508)
That girls reaction is exactly what happened when I met Brian Bannister.

The yelling and screaming and waving the arms and covering the face; that's exactly what he did.

I'll be here all week...


Then you said, "How about a autograph?" and you signed your name and handed it over.
   18. Swoboda is freedom Posted: July 09, 2010 at 05:39 PM (#3583511)
edit- sorry double post
   19. Tom Nawrocki Posted: July 09, 2010 at 05:48 PM (#3583528)
No mention of the guy in front of her? Apparantly pissed off about all the attention, but still finds it in his heart to break out the sprinkler on camera?


I don't think there's any way he could have known he was on camera at that point, which means that guy is wont to bust out the sprinkler in public sheerly for his own amusement. Party on, dude.
   20. My name is Votto, and I love to get Moppo Posted: July 09, 2010 at 05:54 PM (#3583537)
Also, the girl's friend looks like Silent Bob.
   21. vortex of dissipation Posted: July 09, 2010 at 06:08 PM (#3583561)
Yes, Rally Fries. Garlic fries are a big concession item at Safeco, and at each game some fan is chosen by mysterious means and has fries delivered to his seat. Yes, it's kind of asinine, but people bring signs begging to be selected.


The rally fries winner is choses by M's TV commentator Mike Blowers, who came up with the concept, quite by accident, a couple of years ago. I think they're regular fries, not garlic fries.

The Mariners are probably a little gunshy about fan interactions right now. A couple of days ago, the Mariners would have tied the game against KC on a eighth-inning double that would have scored Ichiro from first, but a fan reached out and touched the ball, causing fan interference to be called, and Ichiro to go back to third. He didn't score, and the M's lost 3-2. It's very unusual to have a home fan cost a team the tying run; the culprit was ejected, and roundly booed by the fans. Turns out that the fan was from Brazil, who spoke only Portuguese, who was here on a vacation and wasn't familiar with the rules of baseball, never mind fan ettiquette. The group he was with was very apologetic, and when he realised what he'd done, the Brazilian felt terrible about it...
   22. Dr. Vaux Posted: July 09, 2010 at 06:16 PM (#3583574)
I'm not sure whether I'd feel disappointed with my experience of a new sport in a foreign land if I unwittingly did something to mess it up and got ejected and booed, or if I'd think it was kind of awesome. Somewhere in between, maybe. (I mean, I'd feel bad about it, but looking back on the experience as a whole . . .)
   23. The importance of being Ernest Riles Posted: July 09, 2010 at 06:18 PM (#3583582)
I once met the secretary of energy but all he did was have be thrown off his elevator.
   24. Urkel's Boner Posted: July 09, 2010 at 07:41 PM (#3583730)
Fans in the stands are just doing what their baseball instructors have taught them from a young age - keeping their eye on the ball. Unless Werth or Ichiro calls for it you can't really blame them, and even then the fan really is in a better defensive position to catch the ball.
   25. Jesus Luzardo Maraschino Posted: July 09, 2010 at 07:47 PM (#3583743)
the fan was from Brazil


Damn Brazilians...
   26. phredbird Posted: July 09, 2010 at 07:55 PM (#3583759)
15. Jessica Alba Posted: July 09, 2010 at 01:20 PM (#3583474)

I had a run-in with Derek Jeter once and all he gave me was herpes. All things considered I'd rather have the Ichiro jersey.


i thought we had an informal ban on posting as someone famous ... unless ... *staring with mouth open*
   27. McCoy Posted: July 09, 2010 at 07:56 PM (#3583761)
I'm famous?
   28. phredbird Posted: July 09, 2010 at 09:37 PM (#3583953)
well, if you were who you said you were.
   29. PerroX Posted: July 09, 2010 at 10:05 PM (#3584006)
the fan was from Brazil, who spoke only Portuguese, who was here on a vacation and wasn't familiar with the rules...

Deliberate handball is a yellow card offence unless it denies an obvious scoring opportunity, then it's a red card.

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