Monthly Archives: July 2012

Ichiro Political Cartoon

Found here.

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Game 103: 1-for-4 in 11-5 Loss vs. Baltimore

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At Bats: 4
Runs: 0
Hits, Game/Season: 1/113
Runs Batted In: 1
Walks: 0
Strikeouts: 0
Left on Base: 2
Average: .261
Box
Notes: Played right, batted seventh… Reached on fielding error (above), groundout, single, flyout… This guy is helping Ichiro find an apartment in New York City.
Next: Game 104 vs. Baltimore, 10:05 Wednesday.

Game 102: 1-for-4 in 5-4 Loss vs. Baltimore

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At Bats: 4
Runs: 1
Hits, Game/Season: 1/112
Runs Batted In: 1
Walks: 0
Strikeouts: 0
Left on Base: 3
Average: .261
Box
Notes: Started in right, batted eighth… Flyout, flyout, home run, grounded into force out… The homer was his first as a Yankee, his fifth of the season, and the 100th of his career… 18th stolen base… Meanwhile, back in Seattle, M’s blogger Geoff Baker writes, One week post-Ichiro, he’s still the exact same hitter — fair enough.

Jim McIsaac / Getty Images

Next: Game 103 vs. Baltimore, 4:05 Tuesday.

Jim McIsaac / Getty Images

Fake Ichiro Baseball Card #11

Based on the ’72 Topps design.

Found here.

Game 101: 1-for-4 in 3-2 Loss vs. Boston

Christopher Pasatieri / Getty Images

At Bats: 4
Runs: 0
Hits, Game/Season: 1/111
Runs Batted In: 0
Walks: 0
Strikeouts: 0
Left on Base: 5
Average: .261
Box
Notes: Played right, batted eighth… Groundout, popout, single, lineout… 17th stolen base (above)… Has hit safely in in all six games he’s played thus far as a Yankee… Today’s New York Times revisited The Throw… Friday’s Wall Street Journal asked, Will Ichiro Hit the Pop Culture Sweet Spot in New York?… Last night I ordered me one of these

Howard Simmons / New York Daily News


Next: Game 102 vs. Baltimore, 4:05 Monday.

Fake Ichiro Baseball Card #10

Based on the ’74 Topps design. Found here.

Ichiro vs. Bernie Williams

Ichiro has worn uniform #51 since 1992, when he was an 18-year-old rookie playing for the Orix BlueWave in Japan. When he became a Mariner in 2001, he was at first reluctant to wear 51, since it was previously sported by former Mariner pitching sensation Randy Johnson. However, he agreed to it anyway: “I’m very fortunate the Mariners would let me wear 51, and I’ll work hard not to damage the reputation of the number.”

On Monday, upon his trade to the Yankees, he had to give 51 up. In New York, the number is closely identified with beloved Yankee outfielder Bernie Williams, who played his entire pro career in the Bronx between 1991 and 2006. The Yankees haven’t retired Bernie’s number, but they won’t let Ichiro wear it, either. So, Ichiro is now #31.

What other connections do Ichiro and Bernie have? Not much, though they both appeared on a 2001 Upper Deck baseball card (above), and they both have recorded solo albums on acoustic guitar…

Actually, that second album was recorded by some other Ichiro Suzuki. My bad.