The Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics opened the 2019 Major League Baseball regular season with a two-game series in Ichiro's native Japan beginning Wednesday. He got a chance at a storybook ending at the jammed Tokyo Dome when he came up with two outs, a runner on second base and a tie score in the eighth inning, but grounded out.
Ichiro began his career with 10 straight 200-hit seasons, the longest streak in Major League Baseball history.
A packed crowd of 45,787 was buzzing for its favorite star, sending cheers, chants and camera flashes for Suzuki bounding all around the park.
Not as nasty as Ichiro batting.600 (12-for-20) with a 1.269 OPS including four runs and two RBI as a rookie in the Mariners' five-game American League Division Series win against the Indians in 2001.
There's nothing like baseball. He captured the minds and hearts of an entire generation of baseball fans, and inspired more than a few young baseball players to adopt one of the stranger stances in baseball history.
Suzuki is a living legend, considered one of the greatest baseball players to ever don a uniform - a 10-time All Star in the majors, a 10-time Gold Glove victor, and a 3-time Silver Slugger. His combined total of 4,367 is a world professional record.
Ichiro's teammates met him outside the dugout for a proper send-off in a three-minute tribute.
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Ichiro won the Gold Glove Award and was elected to the All-Star Game for ten straight seasons to start his career. "I saw Ichiro back then".
As for Wednesday's gamef, Ichiro's Mariners built an early 9-4 lead, thanks in part to a grand slam in the third inning by Domingo Santana, and Seattle defeated Oakland 9-7.
Ichiro Suzuki has left the game.
When Ichiro Suzuki signed with the Mariners in November 2000, there was plenty of public skepticism how his skills would translate to Major League Baseball. Ramirez went on to hit 39 more home runs, so Ichiro's robbery merely prevented him from becoming the first Indians hitter since Travis Hafner in 2006 with at least 40 dingers in a season.
"Seven years ago, it appeared he had played for the last time in Japan".
At times, it seemed as if he'd go on hitting forever. Media outlets had been speculating about whether he will be benched on March 28 at the U.S. opening game.
"There will be certain periods in the game here when you sit back and reflect and little bit, and certainly just watch", Melvin said.
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