You left us but we still love you! Former Seattle Mariner and current New York Yankee baseball player, Ichiro Suzuki, turns 40 today (October 22th)!
Callahan was at Ichiro’s first game as a Yankee, ironically playing here against the Mariners:
Ichiro came to the Mariners in 2001 after playing 9 seasons with Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball as a Orix BlueWave. Many viewed him to be “too frail” to play against the MLB pitching but boy did he prove all the haters wrong! In 2001, the M’s won 116 games while Ichiro became Rookie of the Year, MLB’s Most Valuable Player, and received a Gold Glove Award.
Fast forward 12 years later in the MLB, he is now with the New York Yankees and he collected he’s 4,000th pro career hit and he is the first MLB player to enter the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame. “In Japan, he’s both Michael Jordan and Michael Jackson”(The Chicago Times reported). Though he’s not hitting as well as his previous seasons, he’s still been a valuable player to the Yankees this past season because of his fielding and base-running. He is still one of the top outfielders in the league.
We still have your bobble heads Ichiro, and we will still honor you here at Safeco Field with the “Ichiroll” (sushi roll of spicy tuna with black sesame seeds, wasabi, and daikon radish sprouts.) Though, last season, Yankee Stadium debuted its own “Suzuki Roll” made with spicy salmon, cucumber and avocado topped with spicy yellow tail infused with mango, which sounds pretty darn good.