Monthly Archives: August 2012

Back in Print: “Baseball is Just Baseball”: The Understated Ichiro

This little book, which I reviewed last year, is back in print, now with a new cover. I don’t think this would’ve happened if Ichiro had been traded to, say, Kansas City… Buy it here.

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Inside the Mind of a Young Ichiro


NPB Tracker found and translated this survey that Ichiro filled out as a high-schooler, with some humorous answers…

Favorite baseball player: Tatsuo Komatsu

Poster hanging in his room: Giant Baba

Favorite subject: English

Least favorite subject: Physics

Favorite food: Arabian food

Personal strength: none

Personal weakness: not having a strength

Hobby: investigating the flavor of takoyaki, digging holes

What he wants to become in the future: a mountain supervisor

Goal or dream for the future: managing a mushroom patch

Giant Baba:

Game 130: 1-for-4 in 8-5 Loss vs. Toronto

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At Bats: 4
Runs: 0
Hits, Game/Season: 1/139
Runs Batted In: 0
Walks: 0
Strikeouts: 2
Left on Base: 2
Average: .267
Box
Notes: Played left, batted eighth… Strikeout, double, strikeout, flyout.
Next: Game 131 vs. Baltimore, 4:05 Friday.

Game 129: 1-for-3 in 2-1 Win vs. Toronto

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At Bats: 3
Runs: 0
Hits, Game/Season: 1/138
Runs Batted In: 0
Walks: 0
Strikeouts: 0
Left on Base: 1
Average: .267
Box
Notes: Played left, batted ninth… Single, popout, lineout.
Next: Game 130 vs. Toronto, 10:05 a.m. Wednesday.

Game 128: 0-for-4 in 8-7 Loss vs. Toronto

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At Bats: 4
Runs: 0
Hits, Game/Season: 0/137
Runs Batted In: 0
Walks: 1
Strikeouts: 0
Left on Base: 2
Average: .267
Box
Notes: Played right and left, batted ninth… Lineout, groundout, groundout, groundout, walk… During BP, met with the Little League World Series champs from Japan (above).
Next: Game 129 vs. Toronto, 4:05 Tuesday.

Game 127: 2-for-4 in 4-2 Win at Cleveland

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At Bats: 4
Runs: 1
Hits, Game/Season: 2/137
Runs Batted In: 1
Walks: 0
Strikeouts: 0
Left on Base: 0
Average: .269
Box
Notes: Played left, batted eighth… RBI single, single, flyout, groundout… Caught stealing.
Next: Game 128 vs. Toronto, 4:05 Monday.

Ichiro Pitches for Yunker (Again)

Last year I did a post on Ichiro’s ads for Yunker energy drinks, but none of ’em are as amazing as their new ones. Above is an embeddable behind-the-scenes clip; the actual ads can be seen here.