Monthly Archives: September 2011

Game 159: 2-for-5 in 12-5 Loss at Texas

Ronald Martinez / Getty Images

At Bats: 5
Runs: 0
Hits, Game/Season: 2/182
Runs Batted In: 0
Walks: 0
Strikeouts: 0
Left on Base: 0
Average: .273
Box
Notes: Groundout, single, groundout, groundout, single.
Next: Game 160 vs. Oakland, 7:10 Monday.

Ichiro and the Seahawks

Today marks the Seattle Seahawks’ 2011 home opener at Seahawks Stadium Qwest Field CenturyLink Field, two blocks north of Safeco Field. The Hawks have a pre-game tradition of getting a local celeb hoist a “12” flag over the stadium in tribute to the team’s noisy fans, collectively known as the “12th Man.” The Seahawks even retired the number in 1984.

Ichiro raised the flag on October 21, 2007. Here’s video…

I dig Ichiro’s peacoat — I have one just like it! — but as I’ve written before, the 12th Man is stupid.

See also: Ichiro and the Sonics.

Game 158: 0-for-4 in 7-3 Loss at Texas

Brandon Wade / Getty Images

At Bats: 4
Runs: 0
Hits, Game/Season: 0/180
Runs Batted In: 0
Walks: 0
Strikeouts: 0
Left on Base: 3
Average: .272
Box
Notes: Groundout, grounded into double play, groundout, groundout.
Next: Game 159 at Texas, 12:05 Sunday.

Ichiro’s Fans #5

Back in ’01, some guy wore this giant homemade Ichiro head to a game at Safeco Field.

Looks like he got some autographs on its face.

Game 157: 1-for-4 in 5-3 Loss at Texas

Ronald Martinez / Getty Images

At Bats: 4
Runs: 1
Hits, Game/Season: 1/180
Runs Batted In: 1
Walks: 0
Strikeouts: 0
Left on Base: 2
Average: .274
Box
Notes: Groundout, groundout, RBI single, grounded into a force out… Scored 80th run of the year (above).
Next: Game 158 at Texas, 1:10 Saturday.

Baseball Card of the Week: 2011 Topps Heritage #317


This one’s the last Baseball Card of the Week of the season. It’s particularly fitting for the occasion, as it commemorates an event that happened one year ago today (see previous post). Moreover, it’s from the same 2011 Topps Heritage set as the first BCOTW of the season. Put together, they nicely bookend the year.

See all 24 installments of Baseball Card of the Week — plus some faux cards mixed in — here.

It Was One Year Ago Today: Tenth 200-Hit Season


September 23, 2010: In a 1-0 Mariner loss in Toronto, Ichiro got two hits to reach the 200-hit mark for the tenth straight season, tying Pete Rose for the Major League record of 200-hit seasons. Most incredibly, it took Rose 17 seasons to reach the mark (he was 37 at the time), while Ichiro did it in just ten, when he was 36… It’s not likely that Ichiro will get a record-breaking 11th 200-hit season, at least not this year. He’ll try again next year, when he’ll be 38.

Above are some of his fans at the game.