A bounty of one SP Lager for anyone who gets a transcript

DMZ · July 14, 2008 at 10:22 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Ichiro’s pre-ASG speeches are apparently quite something.

“It’s hard to explain the effect that it has,” Morneau said. “You know, it’s such a tense environment, everyone’s kind of a little nervous for the game. He doesn’t say a lot the whole time he’s in there, and all of a sudden the manager gets done with his speech and he pops out. It’s pretty funny.”

I want more! The wisdom of Ichiro! is not to be hoarded, but shared!


19 Responses to “A bounty of one SP Lager for anyone who gets a transcript”

  1. bratman on July 14th, 2008 10:31 pm


    Even in dark times its good to know Ichiro can rep the Mariners on the center stage.

    I hope he takes back to back MVP’s …

  2. lailaihei on July 14th, 2008 10:58 pm

    Awesome, this is why I don’t ever want Ichiro to leave even if it’s better for the team to trade him…
    I’d also love to hear some of what he said, he’s a pretty intelligent guy and might have some good insight. Or, more likely, said something hilarious with undertones of seriousness and a deep message beneath it all.

  3. B_Con on July 14th, 2008 11:05 pm

    And people say he isn’t a team leader! He’s an all star team leader!

  4. mln on July 15th, 2008 2:25 am

    Well, I know one year, Ichiro said, “Let’s kick their ass!”

    Whether this is what he said this year or every year I don’t know.

  5. PositivePaul on July 15th, 2008 4:40 am


    I happen to know someone, who knows someone in a Baltimore uniform at the game. I’ll see if I can dig anything up.


  6. Jed MC on July 15th, 2008 7:21 am

    Larry Stone wrote an article that is on the Seattle Times website about this.

    Here’s one Ichiro quote from the article: “Is any part of me regretting I signed the contract? Not at all. I’m not regretting that at all,” he said. “Am I disappointed in the results? Yes.”

  7. msb on July 15th, 2008 8:15 am

    Anything printable?

    “No,” Morneau said. “That’s what gets you, too, is hearing him say what he says. I’ve talked to him a little bit when he gets to first, but I didn’t know he knew those words.”

    Buhner did his job, and did it well.

  8. JMHawkins on July 15th, 2008 8:36 am

    Buhner did his job, and did it well.

    And Boone helped out too, if rats and socks are any indication.

  9. et_blankenship on July 15th, 2008 8:37 am

    I love the stories about Boone and Bone teaching English to Ichiro during his first season in Seattle. Like the cool little brother who eagerly carried out the pranks of his older brothers, Ichiro would pop his head into Lou’s office before a game and say something like, “What the f*ck is up, Skip?” or “You look like sh*t this morning!” in addition to many things too hilariously offensive for print.

    Sometimes I wish Ichiro would share with the rest of us, but part of his appeal is the mystery that, someday, should lead to one hell of a biography.

  10. Gomez on July 15th, 2008 9:13 am

    I bet he quoted Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz… and yeah, that wouldn’t be reprintable.

  11. msb on July 15th, 2008 10:14 am

    Corey Brock visits with Ichiro!

    “”Since I’ve played over here, playing in front of the Yankee fans has been really fun for me. The historical part is very important. But for me, getting to play in front of the Yankee fans is more important. It’s kind of a tingling feeling. I am used to them booing me. … It’s kind of fun to get booed. They might still boo me, but if they don’t that will be a different feeling.”

  12. dchurch85 on July 15th, 2008 10:50 am

    The exact words are not available. Players are too busy laughing to remember them. Ichiro wouldn’t dare repeat them in public. So here’s the best facsimile possible.

    “Bleep … bleep bleep bleep … National League … bleep … bleep … bleeeeeeeeep … National – bleep bleep bleepbleepbleep!”

    That’s all I could get…

    There is the article…

  13. dchurch85 on July 15th, 2008 10:51 am

    I also found a place in downtown Olympia called Gravity. They are a world beer market and have beers from all over the world…

  14. mikelb420 on July 15th, 2008 10:57 am

    Sometimes I wish Ichiro would share with the rest of us, but part of his appeal is the mystery that, someday, should lead to one hell of a biography.

    It sounds like something hollywood will make into a movie someday, kind of the reverse “Mr. Baseball”.

  15. Lucky Number on July 15th, 2008 12:52 pm

    From Yahoo article

    Ichiro was asked how much he believes the speech has contributed to the AL dominance that has stretched more than a decade now.

    “I’ve got to say over 90 percent,” he said.

    Bleepin hilarious!

  16. Joe C on July 15th, 2008 1:17 pm

    And this is why I find it offensive when anyone (Geoff Baker) suggests that the Mariners should deal Ichiro.

  17. Hernandez on July 15th, 2008 1:28 pm

    Oh, man, add this to the list of things that illustrate how awesome Ichiro is and how fortunate we are to have him. Simply put, the man is a cornucopia of wisdom and baseball magic.

  18. bratman on July 15th, 2008 3:30 pm

    The USS Mariner should feel honored – I am pretty sure all of Groz/Gas’s Mariners stories stem from this Blog.

    Love it

  19. joser on July 15th, 2008 4:49 pm

    I really hope Ichiro has some friends — probably back in Japan — he can share this stuff with. I definitely get the impression he spends a lot of time amusing himself in ways that fly right over the heads of much of the media and a lot of the lunk-headed jocks around him. It must be a bit like being Robin Williams locked inside Stephen Hawking’s body. Or maybe just like being Stephen Hawking.

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