Ichiro talks tonight about playing with the after-effects of his concussion:
- “In the first inning when I ran down the line, I was really dizzy and didn’t know if I could even run straight,” Suzuki said through a translator. “To me, it felt like having four beers, for me. … The next time it was three beers, the next time it was two beers. It didn’t go to zero beers. Maybe the last time was one beer.”
The man’s playing drunk and still goes 3-4. Amazing.
Speaking of Boone, I didn’t see it mentioned anywhere, but he crossed the 450 plate appearance mark a week or so ago… hello, $9M contract option!
I particularly like this Bret Boone quote from the article…
- “He’ll chop one off the plate. He’ll flare one. He’ll hit one hard. And all of a sudden he’s got three hits,” Bret Boone says. “Because he’s so fast getting out of the box. No one can compare with him getting from home to first — probably that’s ever played. I ask him sometimes, ‘Are you gonna count that as a hit? Nobody else in the world can get a hit like that!’ And he goes, ‘On purpose.’ “
My favorite baseball writer, Alan Schwarz, pens a piece on Ichiro today. It’s worth a read, as is everything Schwarz writes.