but...but...HE HAS NO ASS!
By the time he retires, Ichiro will be considered the best lead-off hitter in baseball history (if he isn't already).
thank you, adrian. my sentiments exactly. i mean, you could screen a movie on that thing. best hitter, schmest hitter - what is baseball without the ass?
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@2: ichiro's great, but you've obviously forgotten a lead-off hitter named CHARLIE HUSTLE, one mr. pete rose of the cincinnati red legs, the big red machine! holder of the record for most hits in a major league career.
as a 'nati native, i cannot allow this injustice to pass unmentioned.
and will be ridiculously glorfied in seattle despite not bringing glory to the entire team.
Thank Christ. He's gonna get his 'missing pieces' next season for sure. 13 games over .500 at the All-Star break, after nearly every Seattleite was exhausting their Kleenex supply at the end of Spring Training at how bad we were gonna suck? Goddamned testament to the chaps that actually matter - the ones that play the game. Seattle, time to fucking rejoice! Season ticket holders, time to reproduce!
Thank Christ as well that it's quasi-officially safe to stop imagining Ichiro musing about his dog in the New York or Boston press maelstroms.
My Ichiro Bobble Head is nodding in happiness at this news!
Can't wait for Husky Day at the Mariners!
@2 and @5...I think Rickey Henderson has this one locked up...or Ty Cobb.
My boy Ricky was one of the best. Rose wasn't too bad either--for a white guy.
Shaniqua, i would say that he wasn't bad for a redneck west side cincinnati shanty irish hillbilly.
in my neighborhood, he was almost black.
Ricky Henderson was the best leadoff hitter of all time. Ichiro, while great, and worth every penny of this deal, isn't even close to him. Twenty points of OBP, and Ichiro hasn't had his decline phase yet. He has 2,190 walks! Ichiro will barely break 500.
Neither could Rose, hits record or no. And Rickey never bet on baseball games he was playing and managing in.
ricky was the man. i got to see charlie hustle at the end of his career with my beloved phillies of the charlton era. he was as fat and out of shape as edgar martinez, but he ran 10 times faster.
ichiro is more complete than all those great players since he has hitting, incredible defense and speed. he is a natural. a joy to watch. i would not be surprised if he pitches.
with ichiro signing i guess now the mystery of why hargrove left is solved. they wont admit it.
oops, i meant carlton.
I'm with you SeMe. Ichiro says he wants to become a pitcher when he turns 40. I love it. Seattle's the perfect place for that, a transition at the end of a single-city career. Though I'm already dreading PITCHIRO flashing on the jumbotron.
but, magically, his stance makes him look like he has the biggest ass in baseball.
Rickey Henderson is still the the greatest lead off hitter in baseball. Someone just needs to give Rickey Henderson another chance, and Rickey Henderson will prove that Rickey Henderson can not only be the best lead off hitter, but Rickey Henderson can be the best player in baseball. Rickey Henderson Rickey Henderson Rickey Henderson.
@16, well then where the hell is that picture? that's the one i want to see. adrian too, right?
Watch an Ms game, Josef! Any one will do. He does this weird measuring thing with his forearm, then sticks his butt out like a little birdie.
Ichiro is HOT HOT HOT!!!!
@9, @12, etc ...
Rickey was great. Rickey was Rickey. Ichiro has played in about 1/3 of the games that Rickey did, and is on about the same pace in several categories (Runs, RBI's, Doubles). Yes Rickey walked more, but he also struck out more. Rickey has a higher OBP, but Ichiro has a higher average and slugging % (believe it or not! ... .439 vs .419). Their OPS are virtually identical. Ichiro hits WAY more Triples (triples are underrated, in my opinion), and he will also have more Hits when it's all over. Then, of course, there's fielding ... Ichiro has a lifetime .994 fielding %, which is phenomenal. Rickey's was .979 (use both hands, Rickey!). That's 14 LIFETIME errors for Ichiro, with 141 for Rickey!
Ichiro could get the HR's, but doesn't swing for the fences like Rickey did (hence less strikeouts). The only place that Ichiro will never touch Rickey is stolen bases and ego.
I won't say much about Rose, other than he should definitely be in the Hall of Fame. His primary achievement was longevity. He had 23 seasons, but had 200+ hits in only 10 of them. Ichiro has 200+ in every season he's played, including the all-time single season record (262 in 2004).
PS - Ichiro has a slightly higher SB% than Rickey (.811 vs .808). Rickey stole more, but got caught more too!
@15 are you freaking kidding? Seattle has the DH rule which would eliminate half of his benefit to the team, especially with his pitching ability unknown
I hit ball, big time! Love to Seattle!
Ranagazoo, let's have at you-
Ok, this isn't the perfect angle, but shows most of the Butt Effect of Ichiro's batting stance. I heart Ichiro!
@ 23...if an AL pitcher was actually capable of hitting, there's no reason they couldn't be in the lineup. The DH allows you to sub a hitter for the pitcher, but it doesn't mandate it.
So actually, yeah that would be hysterical...a 40 year old Ichiro pitching and batting...yet another bizarre record.
Are you saying 20 million a year! Insane! He should be ashamed since there are staving children in Africa!!!
@23 - Yeah, they could let Ichiro stay in the line-up and hit for Richie Sexson.
Inside the park homer! ASG-MVP! Kanpai, bee-yatches!!!!
My lady is from his hometown, and they love his ASS, non-existent or not....
@27 At least its a fucking year...Bruce Willis, Jim Carrey, George Clooney, all make more than that a film, which, is usually two to four months....And Ichiro is more talented than all those fuck stains! Hooray for the Stranger talking about sports!!!
The more I watch Ichiro float around in the outfield, the more I think he bats for our team...really, I do.
Thanks to adrian! and the Stranger for
an Ichiro perspective sadly lacking in the national media.
@9 FWIW: Cobb batted 3rd or 4th in his
prime. He was a power hitter by dead-ball era standards, leading the league in homers (9, all inside-the-park!) in 1909.
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