As a Mariners fan, I couldn't be happier. I like Ichiro, even diminished, but the combo of politics and nationalism and pride and other things that were not "baseball reasons" were hamstringing the Mariners and have been for a couple years. This was necessary for the Mariners franchise to move to the next phase.
(Plus, it will be fun to watch the Yankee fans figure out Ichiro isn't really very good any more.)
Holy fuck shit motherfucker shit. Read comics. Fuck shit shit fuck shit I sold out when I did my job. Fuck fuck fuck shit fuck. Sorry had to do it....
Revenge of the Sith = one thumb up from me. Fuck shit. I want to tittie fuck your ass. -- The Guinness. to Cerebus
At this point I would have just liked to have seen him wrap things up in Seattle this year and maybe get a nice thank you send off. It is a little weird that they traded him to a team they are playing at home for three games, but the Mariners have never been smooth when it comes to breakups.
The Bavasi era was such a waste
Ichiro might not be that good anymore, but it can't hurt to have some real hitters backing him up in the lineup.
He's been the face of the franchise for so long it's going to seem weird without him. Other than Felix it's now going to be a bunch of who are these guys to the rest of the baseball world. Kind of like when Tony Gwynn left the Padres. Just another bottom feeding west coast team that pops up on the schedule.
He's pretty bad. Ichiro is hitting .261/.288/.353 for the season, which are numbers that would've gotten anyone besides a future HOFer benched or sent to the minors months ago. And, really, even a HOFer would've been benched in cities other than Seattle where Ichiro was ownership's star and was one of the only notable names on this bad team.
This said, watch Ichiro suddenly hit .400 over the next two weeks, causing us all to hate the Yankees again.
"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." --- Bart Giamatti, on baseball
Originally posted by StaggerLeeHow bad is he really at this point? I wonder is being in a lineup that has more bats can perhaps take some pressure off of him and he can just concentrate on his batting.
He's bad because he's old and his skills have eroded not because of any pressure at this stage.
OK, given the ballpark policy, I can understand why that happened. That makes a little more sense... ...but at the same time, I don't see the need for any particular group to be highlighted with a special day.