Ichiro Speaks, Says Ichiro Stuff
Ichiro recently gave an interview to Kyodo News, which has been helpfully translated into English. As always, you should read the whole thing, but here are a few of the highlights.
Q: You had high expectations for your team at the beginning of the season, but it turned out to be a disappointing year.
A: When Randy Johnson threw out the ceremonial first pitch in our season home opener, he was joined on the mound by Dan Wilson, Edgar Martinez, Jay Buhner and Junior (Ken Griffey Jr.). It was good to see them all together but at the same time made me wonder if there is a real teammate for me. I hoped that Felix (Hernandez) or (Chone) Figgins would become one and that 2010 would be the start of a new Mariners era. But we stumbled from the outset.
Q: In recent years, the team has repeated a brief rise and a long downward slide.
A: The whole team had high hopes for the 2010 season because we thought we made good additions to the roster (such as left-hander Cliff Lee and second baseman Figgins). And we ended up like this. From now on, maybe we shouldn’t even voice our goals.
Q: What have you been doing this offseason?
A: I’ve been playing golf. I don’t get blisters from swinging the bat, but I get blisters all over my hands from golfing. Blisters are signs that you’re not a good baseball player or not a good golfer, I think.