Monthly Archives: January 2012

Hey, Ichiro! What Day Is It?

It’s the 2012 Ichiro wall calendar. And here are some from previous years…

Coming Soon…

…Wish I could go.

New Ichiro-esque T-Shirt

Spotted this off-season at Seattle’s Kinokuiya Bookstore.

Ichiro in Moneyball

May 2002: Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) is at the Oakland airport, transfixed by an A’s-M’s game on a monitor. Over Beane’s shoulder, we briefly glimpse Ichiro leading off first. It happens at the 1:03 mark — blink and you might miss him.

Incidentally, when Ichiro was asked, “Who would you want to play you in a movie about your life?”, he said Brad Pitt.

More Ichiro in the Winter

A couple recent photos of him working out in some heinous threads, found here and here.

Ichiro in the Winter

A couple cool recent finds by the mighty Mighty Flynn… Above, “December 23, 2011 – A young ballplayer is congratulated at the conclusion of the Aichi Toyoyama Cup, an annual youth tournament chaired by Ichiro.”

And below, Ichiro talks about his disappointing 2011 campaign…

I felt desperate last season. That doesn’t happen to me very often. Mental stress is a lot worse than physical stress… If I can get two or three hits every day, I never feel tired. One hit relieves my stress, it’s better than an hour of massage… Sometimes I feel I’m getting older, or more sensitive to what they say on TV. Yes my skin gets dry but it’s a lame conclusion to blame everything on age. People are quick to point to age. Those kinds of people don’t interest me… But if you are going to call yourself a professional, you need to put up results.