Selfish Ichiro turns Griffey signing into comment on his own selfish desires

DMZ · February 21, 2009 at 3:01 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

What a jerk. It’s all about what jersey Ichiro bought, and who he idolizes, and his dream that Griffey now shares…

In 1993, 16 years ago, I bought a Ken Griffey Jr. jersey. This is one of my treasures to this day. He has always been a hero to me, and being able to play with him is like a dream come true. Now we share a dream: and that dream is to work hard together and win a World Series.

No wonder Silva hates him so much.

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32 Responses to “Selfish Ichiro turns Griffey signing into comment on his own selfish desires”

  1. profmac on February 21st, 2009 3:11 pm

    Did you hear Griffey ripping on Ichiho’s wardrobe.. haha.. Do you think that’ll cause some hostility, or will he be able to just laugh it off?

  2. AuburnM on February 21st, 2009 3:11 pm

    This whole “chemistry” BS is an indictment of Hargrove and McLaren. If you pay a manager to do anything it is to prevent this sort of crap.

  3. Ninja Jordan on February 21st, 2009 3:15 pm

    when will we get video of Griffey’s Arizona presser?

  4. Slurve on February 21st, 2009 3:41 pm

    God damn that self centered, egotistic, nihilistic, selfish bastard known as Ichiro!. Gosh I would want knock him out as well selfish bastard having dreams…

  5. all4ms on February 21st, 2009 3:41 pm

    Here’s an old Times article that I dug out. Can’t wait to see the smile on Ichiro’s face when he sees Griffey for the first time after coming back from the WBC.

    Junior brings out the kid in Ichiro

  6. micahjr on February 21st, 2009 3:56 pm

    Thank you for that link.

    I only hope that Ichiro doesn’t feel like giving up right field to DH for Griffey.

  7. msb on February 21st, 2009 3:57 pm

    Did you hear Griffey ripping on Ichiho’s wardrobe.. haha.. Do you think that’ll cause some hostility, or will he be able to just laugh it off?

    it’s nothing he hasn’t heard before.

  8. wabbles on February 21st, 2009 4:14 pm

    Yeah, next we’ll hear Ichiro selfishly talking about how Junior’s return has rejuvenated the city and the team in ways he never has nor could. To paraphrase Jan Brady, “It’s always ‘Ichiro! Ichiro! Ichiro!’”

  9. grafcheyne on February 21st, 2009 4:15 pm

    I was watching a video on Youtube earlier of Ichiro meeting up with Griffey for the first time. I don’t remember if the year was given, but judging from how old Ichiro looks (like a kid) and from the facts given in that article listed above, it probably was 1995-ish. I’ve never seen Ichiro as awkwardly giddy as he is in the clip, it’s quite heartwarming.

    It’s narrated in Japanese, but there’s some English spoken throughout:

  10. grafcheyne on February 21st, 2009 4:19 pm

    Haha, I just looked at the previous post. That video was already posted! Duh!

  11. joser on February 21st, 2009 4:41 pm

    You know, amid all this facetiousness, there is an interesting point: suddenly, Ichiro isn’t the biggest marquee name on the team — and that’s probably a relief to him. Especially since the guy now getting all the attention is someone he admires and respects. Now that the press has someone to fawn over they might not give him so much grief for being aloof. Might be good for Bedard too.

  12. msb on February 21st, 2009 4:58 pm

    and for all the love thrown at Griffey, Ichiro will remain the man for the under-10s … maybe even the under-20s.

  13. SweetLou on February 21st, 2009 5:31 pm

    Who is Carlos Silva?

  14. qwerty on February 21st, 2009 5:33 pm

    This looks like it just may be a fun, enjoyable year. [no]

  15. wabbles on February 21st, 2009 6:07 pm

    Junior will take the pressure/attention off Ichiro here to a certain degree, especially if he does well. But I doubt it will degrade the attention he gets from the media in Japan, where he still is something the equivalent of Elvis.

  16. TomG on February 21st, 2009 10:03 pm

    I heard he bought the jersey because he knew that sixteen years from the date of purchase he’d be making a killer profit by selling it on Craigslist. Apparently not only is Ichiro a selfish ballplayer but also a selfish investor.

  17. Omerta on February 21st, 2009 11:08 pm

    Now we share a dream: and that dream is to work hard together and win a World Series.

    Yes please. What an epic year this would be…

    What are Vegas odds, like 40-1? Hmmm…

  18. DMZ on February 21st, 2009 11:19 pm

    …higher…

  19. bratman on February 22nd, 2009 1:34 am

    Come on DMZ

    you are siding with Silva?

    Can’t we just pretend this is going to be a magic carpet ride?

    So what if Ichrio Idolizes Junior.

    Why the heck wouldn’t Ichiro idolize Griffey in a way.

    It’s time to let two future Hall of Famers take charge.

    ichiro was attempting to give a complement to junior.

    That’s the way I see it.

  20. kona66 on February 22nd, 2009 3:45 am

    Come on man, I don’t see anything wrong with him saying he bought Jr’s jersey. Just admit that you yourself hate the guy and stop writing about him. It’s not very fun reading your one-sided posts. Your really reaching on this one. I liked your blog until you started going bonkers on Ichiro. Maybe if someone else on this team would have stepped up they might not have lost 101 games.

  21. terry on February 22nd, 2009 4:48 am

    If you can’t laugh, can you love?

  22. Steve T on February 22nd, 2009 8:25 am

    Zoom, zoom!

  23. huckleB on February 22nd, 2009 9:00 am

    All good and well, but I’m wondering if Ichiro isn’t thinking, “Maybe I should have gone into free agency, and then returned to Seattle in a few years.” The silliness over the “return” is clearly something that would only happen in certain markets, and an Ichiro return would be no less silly.

  24. rmac1973 on February 22nd, 2009 9:01 am

    “It’s always ‘Ichiro! Ichiro! Ichiro!’”

    HA HA HA! Classic!

  25. joser on February 22nd, 2009 9:26 am

    he silliness over the “return” is clearly something that would only happen in certain markets, and an Ichiro return would be no less silly.

    No, it happens in every market, proportional to the significance of the player during his first tenure and the relative strength of the team he is rejoining (ie less intense on a team that’s already perceived to be strong or a winner). Even the Yankees had a bit of silliness when Clemens returned; even a player as insignificant as Jeff Conine made a splash when he returned to a team as woe-begone as the Marlins.

  26. Omerta on February 22nd, 2009 9:34 am

    …higher…

    Wow you were right, though in my defense I’m not much of a betting man to begin with.

    The spread.com has them at 100/1…man you think all of this talk of renewed clubhouse synergy would’ve pushed it down a bit. :D

  27. DMZ on February 22nd, 2009 12:12 pm

    Wait wait wait — seriously, the post is a joke. I had figured that my relentless pro-Ichiro and anti-Silva posts would make it clear. Especially that last line. I guess not. So!

    This is a nice comment by Ichiro on the signing.

    Carlos Silva is still a jerk w/r/t his Ichiro views.

    The whole clubhouse thing is hugely overblown.

  28. Evan on February 22nd, 2009 12:45 pm

    Remember: USSM is the classroom – LL is the frat house. On LL this would have been immediately recognised as a joke, because it’s that sort of environment. Here, things are more serious (and you have a broader audience of people who are as yet unfamiliar with your generally sardonic tone).

  29. DMZ on February 22nd, 2009 12:54 pm

    Someone emailed us asking if Derek Lowe had signed with the M’s, so I’m not entirely sure that’s the case.

  30. cjones on February 22nd, 2009 1:14 pm

    Derek -

    never fear, most of us got it…

  31. JerBear on February 22nd, 2009 1:15 pm

    Someone emailed us asking if Derek Lowe had signed with the M’s, so I’m not entirely sure that’s the case.

    That is hi-larious. I think both USSM and LL need to have a Satire, Sarcasm, and Hyperbole Interpretation Test that you have to pass before commenting. It’ll be the SHHIT!

  32. Breadbaker on February 22nd, 2009 2:57 pm

    Someone emailed us asking if Derek Lowe had signed with the M’s, so I’m not entirely sure that’s the case.

    That’s future Hall of Famer Derek Lowe, right? I mean, he won the clinching games for the Red Sox in all three levels of the playoffs in 2004, so that’s got to be a Hall of Fame achievement (see the “Don Larsen for the Hall of Fame” arguments). And, yes, for those of you knew to the site, that is sarcasm.

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