For many M’s fans, it was an episode of Twilight Zone at Safeco field Monday night.
The face of their beloved franchise, Ichiro Suzuki, suited up for his new team, the New York Yankees. The ten-time All-Star was in right field the whole night…only as a Bronx Bomber. And yes, the human hit machine got his first hit as a Yankee.
There’s a lot of mixed reactions surrounding the trade that sent the superstar to New York. Some fans wanted to see Ichiro end his career gracefully in Seattle; some wanted him gone a few years ago; and some think his departure is a blessing in disguise for the franchise.
Let’s face it: the 38-year-old was not the player he once was and his current stats probably don’t justify the $17 million he’s making this season. However, as an organization, you owe it to your star player at this point in his career to accommodate his needs if the team is heading in a different direction. Ichiro asked to be traded a few weeks ago.
What do you think of it all? What are your favorite/worst memories of #51 (not Randy Johnson).