Monthly Archives: December 2013

Ichiro Talks to the Kids

Today’s edition of the Japanese newspaper Sanspo ran a story with photos of Ichiro addressing some young ballplayers. I don’t understand Japanese, so I ran the article through Google Translate, returning this:

Ichiro committing attention, “the very painful” to look back on this season

The 23rd, Ichiro outfielder U.S. Major League Baseball, the Yankees crushed the potential in yourself and cut corners in the “middle of the greeting at the closing ceremony of Ichiro Cup contention school baseball tournament was held in Aichi Prefecture Toyoyama town of hometown was encouraged baseball boys would. So the “want to go repeatedly small things.

It’s easy to go eye to just say “results, frustrating I think that was holding it lost the. Opponent there is a failure of more than double to support me now to look back and” painful very season “this season which achieved 4000 hits Japan and the United States total preached the importance of efforts to be “are.

Ichiro multiplied medals himself on the neck of each player sent the ale with a smile and “be strong, I want you to become a friendly adult pain of the human mind can be known” he said.

According to Ichiro’s Wikipedia page, “Ichiro is the honored chairman of the Ichiro Cup, a 6-month long boys’ league tournament with more than 200 teams, held in Toyoyama and surrounding cities and towns since 1996. Ichiro watches the final game and attends its awards ceremony every year.”

Here’s a link to the Ichiro Cup.

12/24/13 UPDATE

Kind reader Yukiko Yoda offered a better translation of that article:

Ichiro, which team to play for next season is still unclear, reflects 2013 season as “very tough and bitter.”

On December 23rd, Ichiro, an outfielder of Yankees, MLB, gave a speech at the closing ceremony of the Ichiro Cup, a junior baseball tournament, held in his hometown, Toyama town, Aichi prefecture.
“If you do not try your best in any given circumstance, it means you are losing your chances to step forward and explore your potential abilities.” He encouraged “Do not underestimate the small efforts every day and every moment. They will lead you somewhere beyond you expected and desired.”

Ichiro achieved 4000th hits combined his career in Japan and MLB during 2013 season. However, he reflected this season as “very tough and bitter.” “People tend to remember the good results but there are more letdown moments, let’s say, more than twice as the good ones.” Ichiro emphasized “after all, these frustrations after defeated by opponents lifted me up and led me where I am now.”

After giving medals to each player of the winning team, Ichiro cheered with a smile, “grow up strong and considerate, to be able to feel and share someone else’s pains.”

Thanks Yukiko!

Ichiro Art #52

Bit • Ball • Club

Bit • Ball • Club

8-bit Ichiro, made on request by the awesome Bit Ball Club.

Another Gift from Ichiro


In November 2012, our man sent the Ichi-Meter lady a bat and a pair of spikes. Now he sent her a wristband he wore last August when he got his 4,000th professional hit.