That’s why he gets the exclamation point folks

DMZ · April 15, 2009 at 9:41 pm · Filed Under Mariners 



58 Responses to “That’s why he gets the exclamation point folks”

  1. Carson on April 15th, 2009 9:45 pm


  2. Carson on April 15th, 2009 9:45 pm


  3. coasty141 on April 15th, 2009 9:45 pm

    God bless Ichiro!

  4. Lixjgrib on April 15th, 2009 9:45 pm

    Is this a movie or a baseball game?!

  5. naviomelo on April 15th, 2009 9:48 pm


  6. Mike Snow on April 15th, 2009 9:51 pm



  7. Farmer Cam on April 15th, 2009 9:53 pm

    Can’t wait for post game quotes

  8. UpOrDownMsFan on April 15th, 2009 9:57 pm

    “hai” (not sure if that’s how you spell it– but it’s “YES!!!” in japanese…)… man, could you feel that coming, when the count went 3-2… and ichiro had been missing out on all the fun so far this season…

    i also loved the chants of ICHIRO ICHIRO ICHIRO in the background when the game went to commercial break for the new pitcher…

    nicely done. welcome back. (and that’s 1/10th of his RBI total from last season on one swing of the bat!)

  9. KaminaAyato on April 15th, 2009 9:57 pm

    Oh my…. WHAT?!

    It’s 9 games. NINE. And I’m jumping up and down, yelling and screaming. Today is like one of those days that you believe just can’t get better… and then does!

    Chavez-Griffey Jr back-to-back…

    Yuni going 3-4!

    Johjima 2-2, going out (bummer), but Johnson with 2 more hits!

    Ichiro! with the grand slam?!

    And Gutierrez with the catch in center.


    Sure, it’s 9 games, but I haven’t been this excited about the M’s in years. And I don’t want it to stop.

  10. msb on April 15th, 2009 10:04 pm

    sometimes he gets several exclamation points.

    and he deserves more.

  11. Farmer Cam on April 15th, 2009 10:05 pm

    did you see Ichiro congratulate Gutierrez after that catch? I think I saw him mouth the words, “I’m so glad I’m back in right field.”

  12. praetor on April 15th, 2009 10:13 pm

    this was just PERFECT!

  13. nickwest1976 on April 15th, 2009 10:14 pm

    This is a ton of fun to watch! GO MARINERS!!!

  14. pinball1973 on April 15th, 2009 10:14 pm

    Ichiro! makes the world a happier place.

  15. Colm on April 15th, 2009 10:16 pm

    Hurray! That game even looked good on the radio.

    Who was the lucky bleeder who won $7,000 from the 7 Cedars (with their “7 in the 7th”).

  16. gottago on April 15th, 2009 10:18 pm

    how many season tickets did the M’s sell this season?

  17. bakomariner on April 15th, 2009 10:19 pm

    GREAT “opening” night for ICHIRO!

    I woke up my girlfriend yelling DEEEEEEEEEP! on the granny…and with Chavez…and with Griff…


    Not only have we won the series against the damn Angels, but how about the pitching (besides hopefully-soon-to-be-released-Bautista)?

    I hate Wash, but he’s looked pretty damn good…and Kelly is awesome…

    Great, great game…ahhhhhhh…

  18. kenshabby on April 15th, 2009 10:19 pm

    Hon to ni sugokatta!
    Okaeri Ichiro, omedeto!

    Truly awesome!
    Welcome back Ichiro, congratulations!

  19. jro on April 15th, 2009 10:20 pm

    Watching Ichiro in the post-game interview on FSN, taking questions from Angie Mentink in English, but responding in Japanese, after which his interpreter responds.

    Of course, the interpreter doesn’t repeat the question in Japanese, he’s only there for responses.

    Ahh that Ichiro, quite the clever one he is.

  20. Go Felix on April 15th, 2009 10:22 pm


  21. Sports on a Schtick on April 15th, 2009 10:24 pm

    (Expletive) Dave Samson

  22. Sinking Away on April 15th, 2009 10:25 pm

    Ichiro is the new black. What an incredible baseball player. We are so lucky that he is in Seattle. He’s ours. He’s so HOF. He’s so Ichiro.

    Disneyland is not the happiest place on Earth. Seattle is.

  23. wabbles on April 15th, 2009 10:34 pm

    The season that the Seahawks went to the Super Bowl it wasn’t immediately obvious. It wasn’t until about halfway through or so before people (fans, players, everyone) began to realize, “Hey, we’ve got something special here.” Winning on a bunt one night and homers the next. I’m not talking World Series but I think we could be watching something special unfolding here.

  24. Omerta on April 15th, 2009 10:41 pm

    Sure does feel like that wabbles. You keep telling yourself it’s early (because it is VERY early), but we could very well be looking up at one point in June and saying to ourselves…it’s not early anymore, and we’re still in this thing.

  25. Keegz on April 15th, 2009 10:41 pm


  26. AuburnM on April 15th, 2009 10:42 pm



  27. Colm on April 15th, 2009 10:43 pm

    I have to say, homeruns notwithstanding:
    As an Irishman and a longtime cycling fan, I’m just tickled that Shawn Kelly is on the Mariner’s roster.

  28. ThundaPC on April 15th, 2009 10:44 pm

    I don’t think this game could’ve gone any better.

    And it couldn’t have happened against a nicer team.

  29. okinawadave on April 15th, 2009 10:44 pm


  30. Colm on April 15th, 2009 10:45 pm

    Angelo Terranova of Port Angeles must effing LOVE Ichiro!

    He gets the $7K from the Seven Cedars Casino. Good for you Angelo.

  31. Dave Hall on April 15th, 2009 10:49 pm

    Ichiro sugoi des ne!

  32. JLP on April 15th, 2009 11:09 pm

    I woke up and turned on the game with Ichiro! at bat. I got to watch the whole AB. That was great!

  33. Sinking Away on April 15th, 2009 11:27 pm


    Ditto, and I don’t even know what you posted.

  34. Sinking Away on April 15th, 2009 11:28 pm


    Ditto, and I don’t even know what you posted.

  35. Axtell on April 15th, 2009 11:39 pm

    I am sure I wasn’t alone in watching the count go full on Ichiro then knowing, knowing he was going to go yard.

    Yes, I know its been just a week+ of baseball, but its the most fun I’ve had following this team in a long time. This game had it all: back to back HR’s, Griffey and Ichiro! going yard, tremendous defense, solid pitching, small ball.

    This team is so markedly better all around than last year’s debacle its not even funny. Seeing the entire team contributing is so refreshing, not having to count on Ichiro for all offense will pay huge dividends later in the year.

  36. DaveValleDrinkNight on April 15th, 2009 11:39 pm

    SA, that’s ICHIRO! in Hiragana(Japanese).

    ICHIRO! did his thing but still no love for Rob Johnson?

    That was one hell of a hit. Johnson probably won the game before the slam even happened.

  37. thr33niL on April 15th, 2009 11:46 pm


    Ditto, and I don’t even know what you posted.

    イチロ! = ICHIRO!

  38. xxtinynickxx on April 15th, 2009 11:48 pm

    I could just here that inner Hiro from “Heroes” in Ichiro’s mind belt out “YATTA!”

  39. matthew on April 15th, 2009 11:57 pm

    This game is just another reason why I want to strangle those that say we should trade him.

  40. matthew on April 15th, 2009 11:59 pm

    That interview after the game with Angie Mentik was hilarious.

    Angie Mentik: “What’s next, Pete Rose?”
    Ichiro: You are bad at math.

    Hahaha :D

  41. behappy on April 16th, 2009 12:00 am

    WOW!! WHAT A GAME!! I just got home from the game…what a great night. I decided at about 6 o’clock to head up to Safeco, sure glad I did.

    Washburn throwing a no-hitter into the 5th a believe. Not sure why Wak took him out so early…Anyway, the place went nuts after the back-to-back homers. Then the Ichiro slam topped off the Mariners victory. WOW! Makes me remember the great summer of ’01. I went to over 20 games that year. This team has something special about it. I could feel it at The Safe tonight.

    I know it’s way way early but, so far it has been a fun ride. Wak has a great game plan with this team so far. Playing the way baseball is suppose to be played. He should get a lot of credit the way the team is playing.

  42. croakz on April 16th, 2009 12:13 am

    Also just got back, was such a nice day, wish more people came out to the game. When Ichiro(!) came up, you knew something was going to happen. And then the grand slam to Area 51.. perfect.

  43. juneau_fan on April 16th, 2009 12:29 am

    Will they stop the game when he breaks the Japanese hits record (hopefully tomorrow)? I’d love to see that, as a sign of respect for the Japanese game.

  44. Breadbaker on April 16th, 2009 1:30 am

    Will they stop the game when he breaks the Japanese hits record (hopefully tomorrow)? I’d love to see that, as a sign of respect for the Japanese game.

    We had to sit through them stopping the game for the fraud that was Rafael Palmeiro’s 3000th hit (when MLB knew he’d flunked the drug test). They damn well better stop it for Ichiro, not only out of respect for the Japanese game, but for Ichiro and the gentleman who travelled across the Pacific to gracefully watch Ichiro take his record away.

  45. Mike G. on April 16th, 2009 1:40 am

    SA, that’s ICHIRO! in Hiragana(Japanese).

    Actually, it’s katakana.

  46. sass on April 16th, 2009 6:49 am

    Could someone please remind me why a low-leverage grand slam is more valuable than a high-leverage sac bunt like the one Ichiro couldn’t get down a couple of innings before? I know that it is, but I’m in the middle of an argument and having difficulty explaining it.

  47. DoesntCompute on April 16th, 2009 6:58 am

    Did you see how Ichiro destroyed the chemistry in the clubhouse last night?

  48. BrianV on April 16th, 2009 7:43 am

    I’ve never been a huge Washburn fan, but apparently last night he was dead sick with the flu. That was a pretty gutsy performance on his part, and he deserves a tip of the cap.

    Beluga Tits can go do something unflattering and dishonorable.

  49. Evan on April 16th, 2009 9:33 am

    Could someone please remind me why a low-leverage grand slam is more valuable than a high-leverage sac bunt like the one Ichiro couldn’t get down a couple of innings before?

    Because players have no control over leverage. I think leverage should be ignored when evaluating players.

    Managers, on the other hand, get to make in-game decisions based on the situation, so leverage should absolutely be considered when evaluating them (like which reliever was chosen in the high leverage situation).

    But even using leverage to evaluate this instance, I suspect Ichiro’s rand slam had a higher Win Probability Added than the earlier sac bunt would have.

  50. Steve T on April 16th, 2009 9:52 am

    Sac bunts suck. Throwing away outs is no way to score runs. So you move a runner up, whoop-de-doo. You’ve reduced your chances of scoring in the process. HR, on the other hand, have a pretty high chance of scoring runs.

    You think Ichiro! was trying to say something there? Maybe “hey, big guy, you may have 400 of those here, but I’m still the straw that stirs THIS drink”?

  51. Lauren, token chick on April 16th, 2009 10:27 am

    I would give Ichiro even more punctuation if he would stop trying to bunt in those situations, even when he’s trying to bunt for a hit. It just doesn’t make sense to me. If he were a shitty hitter, sure. But he’s Ichiro!

  52. joealb1 on April 16th, 2009 10:41 am

    It is probable that the bunt was called by Wak….

  53. payday0023 on April 16th, 2009 10:53 am

    At the game last night way up in the 300s behind home plate and that was probably one of the most exciting I’ve been to.
    The back to back homers with Griffey’s 400th was crazy!
    The Gut (or should I say Goot? I’ll go with either) catch in center was so damn awesome! Griffey-esque indeed and it’s so nice to see that we now have a team, and specifically the outfield, that can make those kinds of plays.
    And the Ichiro Grand Salami! My only regret was that I wasn’t able to hear the first Neihaus call of the year because I was too busy High-Fiving all of my friends and the two pairs of dads with their young sons at the game (Is there anything better than going to a game and for that brief span, befriending the people around you enough to revel in your team’s accomplishments??).
    And my only complaint from the game is when we got back home and watched the Sports Center highlights and we were confused when they didn’t devote 7 minutes to all of the intricacies of the game and talk about how money we are.

  54. Evan on April 16th, 2009 11:28 am

    Ichiro bunting for a hit is so often successful, I have to approve of those.

    A single is a really positive result. If he can double his chances of hitting a single by bunting, then I encourage bunting.

    Clearly he can’t always do that. But I would like to see him bunt for hits more (though grand slams are nice too).

  55. slescotts on April 16th, 2009 11:49 am

    How many exclamation points will Ichiro get if he lives up to ESPN’s currently projected stats:

    G: 154
    AB’s: 770
    AVG: .400
    OBP: .400
    Hits: 308
    SB’s: 154
    HR’s: 154
    RBI: 616
    SLG: 1.000
    OPS: 1.400
    SO/BB: 0

    Ha! It’s early and I love what we are seeing!

  56. mln on April 16th, 2009 1:16 pm

    How about … WASHBURN!

    Er, maybe not.

  57. joser on April 16th, 2009 2:26 pm

    ESPN has lost its mind. Ichiro has averaged 750 ABs per 162 game season over his MLB career; there’s no way he gets 20 more over 8 fewer games. He’s had 5465 AB in 1281 games, or 4.27 per game. ESPN is projecting 5 AB per game? No (and that’s largely outside of his control, since he only gets to bat more than 3 times in a game if the rest of the lineup is getting walks or hits). He’s going to have 660, 670 ABs. It’s possible he’ll bat .400 (it always seems possible with Ichiro) but he only has to bat .304 or so to get to 200 hits in 660 AB. (If he does hit .400 he very well could break Sisler’s hits record according to the old, 154 game season span).

    In other Ichiro exclamation point news, Drayer reports:

    I also asked him what he learned from his first trip to the DL. He had commented earlier this week that for the first time he felt human. I asked about this, saying that he seeming was joking, but maybe not. He answered the question then joked, “Actually, I am not human. And I am not kidding!”

    Finally, proof! From the man himself!

  58. Slurve on April 16th, 2009 3:06 pm

    I pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of Ichiro!

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