Category Archives: Endorsements

Ichiro Pitches for SMBC

That would be the Sumimoto Mitsui Banking Corporation.

Ichiro’s Alien Abductions!

At least three times he’s been swept up into a spaceship to have his mind probed for his thoughts on Nippon Oil, aka Eneos.

This isn’t the first time he’s pitched for Eneos — look.

2013 Spikes Update

This is what he’ll be wearing at home…


And on the road…


He wore these last year…


Ichiro Pitches for Orix — Now on TV

Ichiro played for the Orix BlueWave from 1992 to 2000, then signed an endorsement deal with Orix Bank in 2011. He began appearing in their ads last year, and now he’s the star of the first-ever Orix TV commercials — read this press release for details.

Both spots feature the Yardbirds’ cover of Bo Diddley’s “I’m a Man.”

Ichiro Pitches for Morinaga Yogurt

Another Ichiro Kirin Commercial

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.