At Bats: 5
Hits, Game/Season: 4/4
Runs Batted In: 1
Left on Base: 0
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.