Category Archives: All-Star Game

2007: When Ichiro Was the All-Star Game MVP

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Read about it here, and read about all his All-Star Game appearances here.

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Ichiro Pitches in the 1996 NPB All-Star Game

In honor of this weekend’s Nippon Professional Baseball All-Star Game, here’s Ichiro pitching in the ’96 contest… Actually, the Japanese all-stars apparently play a three-game weekend series — this year’s final game goes down on Sunday at Kleenex Stadium.

All-Star Game Recap: 2010

July 13, 2010
Angel Stadium of Anaheim
National League 3, American League 1

Went 0-for-2, with a popout to short and a strikeout, though he made this impressive grab of an Albert Pujols blast in the first inning…

This was the only All-Star Game in ten that Ichiro played in but the A.L. lost… Once again, with Yumiko in the pre-game parade, this time at Disneyland…

So, in Ichiro’s ten consecutive All-Star Games between 2001 and 2010, he’s gone 8-for-26 (.308) with a double, a home run, a steal, four runs batted in, and one MVP award. The regular season resumes tomorrow, along with our regularly scheduled blogging.

Read more about the 2010 All-Star Game here.

All-Star Game Recap: 2009

July 14, 2009
Busch Stadium, St. Louis
American League 4, National League 3

Before President Obama threw out the first pitch of the ’09 game, he met with Ichiro in the A.L. clubhouse.

“My idea, when I saw him, was to say, ‘What’s up?'”, Ichiro explained through his interpreter. “But there was no way I could do it. You know, he has that kind of aura about him. So I got nervous and I didn’t say that to him. I was a little disappointed about that.”

Instead, Ichiro simply said, “It’s an honor to meet you, sir.”

“I realized after seeing him today that presidents wear jeans, too,” he remarked after the game. “So my hope is that our skipper, [Mariners’ then-manager Don] Wakamatsu, was watching that and we can wear jeans on our flights as well.”

Though the players had supposedly been told they couldn’t get autographs, Obama offered to sign a ball for Ichiro, who gladly accepted. (Obama reportedly told Ichiro’s A.L. teammate Curtis Granderson that he’s a big Ichiro admirer.) Though fans who meet Ichiro are usually left starstruck, this is the only time I’ve seen Ichiro starstruck himself…

Ichiro went 1-for-3 with a single. Here he is with Yumiko in the pre-game parade…

While in St. Louis, Ichiro and Yumiko visited the grave of George Sisler, whose single-season record of 257 hits in 1920 was beaten by Ichiro’s 262 hits in 2004. Ichiro laid flowers on the grave.

Read more about the 2009 All-Star Game here.

All-Star Game Recap: 2008

July 15, 2008
Yankee Stadium, New York
American League 4, National League 3

Above, in a pre-game ceremony, meeting Hall-of-Famers Al Kaline, Frank Robinson, Dave Winfield, Hank Aaron and Reggie Jackson. Below, signing autographs during batting practice…

He went 1-for-3 with a flyout, a single, and a strikeout. The pre-game parade…

Read more about the 2008 All-Star Game here.

All-Star Game Recap: 2007

July 10, 2007
AT&T Park, San Francisco
American League 5, National League 4

Ichiro won the Most Valuable Player award, going 3-for-3 with the first-ever inside-the-park homer in All-Star history. He lead off with a single in the first inning and added another in the third. Then, with Brain Roberts on base the fifth, Ichiro lofted a fly ball over right fielder Ken Griffey Jr. that took a crazy bounce off the outfield wall. Roberts came around to score and Ichiro followed, easily striding across the plate. Above, he’s congratulated by Roberts; below is the actual hit.

“I thought it was going to go over the fence. I was bummed,” Ichiro said, initially thinking he wouldn’t get a home run, but… “It’s one I’ll never forget. I was able to give it my all. I’m really happy.”

Here he is during batting practice…

And here’s Yumiko and Ichiro in the pre-game parade…

After the game, back in his parade suit, his postgame MVP interview…

Read more about the 2007 All-Star Game here.

All-Star Game Recap: 2006

July 11, 2006
PNC Park, Pittsburgh
American League 3, National League 2

This was the first year of the annual pre-game All-Star parade, where the stars and their significant others (like Ichiro’s wife Yumiko, above) ride through town in pickup trucks. In the ensuing game he went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

Read more about the 2006 All-Star Game here.