Monthly Archives: March 2012

Game 2: 0-for-4 in 4-1 Loss at Oakland (in Tokyo)

Koji Watanabe / Getty Images

At Bats: 4
Runs: 0
Hits, Game/Season: 0/4
Runs Batted In: 0
Walks: 0
Strikeouts: 1
Left on Base: 0
Average: .444
Notes: Not-so-killer game last night/this morning/tonight/whatever… Groundout, called strikeout, flyout, groundout… I’ve been hearing about how he’s been exaggerating his at-bat mannerisms in these Tokyo games, with the stretching and bat-pointing and whatnot (see above) — not sure if that’s part of his new approach at the plate, or just to delight the Japanese crowds.
Next: Five more Cactus League games, then the regular season resumes with Game 3 at Oakland, 7:05 p.m. on Friday April 6.

Video Highlights from Last Night’s Opener

Game 1: 4-for-5 in 3-1 Win at Oakland (in Tokyo)

At Bats: 5
Runs: 0
Hits, Game/Season: 4/4
Runs Batted In: 1
Walks: 0
Strikeouts: 0
Left on Base: 0
Average: .800
Notes: Killer game last night/this morning/tonight/whatever… Playing for the first time as a major leaguer before his enthusiastic countrymen, Ichiro singled in his first three plate appearances of the year, and in the 11th inning, drove in a run with his fourth hit of the game/season… Addressing the Tokyo crowd’s reception of the M’s and A’s, Ichiro said later, “Seeing how they welcomed the players, they were very warm-hearted. That makes you cry”… Geoff Baker sums it up nicely.
Next: Game 2 at Oakland (actually still in Tokyo), 2:10 a.m. Thursday.

By the way, nice work by the Mighty Flynn, who posted the above screen grab in wee hours over at It’s a Long Season.

24 Hours ’til the 2012 Season Officially Begins!

Monday in Tokyo

Koji Watanabe / Getty Images

The M’s got skunked for the second time in as many games against NPB teams, this time a 9-3 loss to the legendary Yomiuri Giants. Ichiro went hitless, though he did drive in a third-inning run while grounding out (above).

Otherwise, Ichiro’s return to Japan is causing a sensation — here’s an article, including a video interview with Amy Franz of Ichi-Meter fame…

In case you were wondering, that’s a Boeing patch on his sleeve, and a Gloops decal on his helmet, both only to be worn during the M’s games in Japan (at least I hope). Looks like they also have an Opening Series commemorative patch on the side of their caps…


More obvious is the giant Tokyo Dome ad of Ichiro pitching Kirin. That photo is actually from Sunday’s game, along with this one — I love seeing uniforms from two totally different leagues competing on the same field…

Toshifumi Kitamura / Getty Images

After tomorrow’s day off, the M’s open the 2012 season versus Oakland at 3:10 a.m. Wednesday.

The Ichiro Impersonator Returns

Geoff Baker has video of Ichiro’s doppelganger crashing an autograph session with Mariners Michael Saunders and Munenori Kawasaki. Watch here and here.

Ichiro 2012 M’s Pocket Schedule

It’s the latest addition to my Mariners schedules flickr set.