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Friday, March 29, 2019

“Thank you, Ichiro’: Dee Gordon takes out full-page ad in The Seattle Times dedicated to Ichiro

The decision process came during a sleepless night after the team returned from Tokyo.

“One night I was kind of jet lagged and still up and I texted my agent in the middle of night, telling him I want to do this,” Gordon said.

Gordon’s agent, Nate Heisler, contacted the Times about the possibility on Saturday, March 23, inquiring about taking out an ad on behalf of his client.

The next task was deciding on what Gordon wanted to say in the ad. He wanted to thank Ichiro for everything that he’d meant to him, which wasn’t easy to put into words. So he sat down and began to write out what he wanted to say via text message.

“It came from the heart, but my agent definitely edited it,” he said. “I text like I talk sometimes. It ain’t perfect English every time.”

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   1. JRVJ Posted: March 29, 2019 at 11:36 AM (#5826660)
   2. base ball chick Posted: March 29, 2019 at 08:35 PM (#5826850)
this is awesome
i don't never remember a player doing this for a teammate before
   3. Rongo Posted: March 30, 2019 at 12:44 AM (#5826967)
This is so cool. Well done, Dee.
   4. Esoteric Posted: March 30, 2019 at 01:32 AM (#5826977)
Genuinely moving.
   5. MY PAIN IS NOT A HOLIDAY (CoB). Posted: March 30, 2019 at 05:51 AM (#5826987)
That was well done, DeVaris, genuine, heartfelt and sincere.
   6. SoSH U at work Posted: March 30, 2019 at 07:45 AM (#5826989)
i don't never remember a player doing this for a teammate before

I don't either.

“Now I’m jumping up and down, yelling to my best friend, ‘YO!!! I get to play with Ichi-bruh?! Like, are you serious? Me? No way!’ I remember going to Jupiter early, just hoping you were there so I could watch you hit and run. When you finally arrived, I nervously walked over to you and bro, you were so nice to me. You told me you would help me in any way possible. I swear, it hit me hard. To this day, I be saying ‘Yo! I play with Ichi!? How? I’m from little Avon Park!’

That kind of fan-level excitement seems so rare for a big league ballplayer. It would seem even more uncommon for the son of a big league ballplayer, who likely knew a bunch of major leaguers growing up.
   7. PreservedFish Posted: March 30, 2019 at 09:21 AM (#5826993)
Gordon also burst into tears during his homerun trot the first game after Jose Fernandez's death. What an endearing guy.

I was watching Ichiro's farewell, and I admit I got a bit choked up. I didn't know about the friendship between Gordon and Ichiro, and wasn't thinking about the time they spent in Florida together. But the moment where Gordon bowed - very reverently, as the photo in TFA shows - and Ichiro refused to accept the bow and demanded a hug, was clearly one of the most emotionally charged moments of the game, and was great to watch.

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