Game 1, Post-Ichiro Era: Yankees at Mariners
Kevin Millwood vs. Hiroki Kuroda, 7:10pm
This is going to be strange. Ichiro, in LF, *in pinstripes* wearing some new number, facing the Mariners.
Kevin Millwood looks to…aw, who cares. Hiroki Kuroda throws a splitter, slider and a sinker. The Mariners new starting RF is Carlos Peguero.
2: Wells (LF)
3: Jaso (C)
4: Montero (DH)
8: Peguero (RF)
I really hope Ichiro knows how much he meant to Seattle and to MLB. I grew up at a time when you’d still hear respected baseball folks casually state that no one in Japan was good enough to play in MLB. Even after Hideo Nomo’s spectacular start, a lot of people doubted whether or not a Japanese position player could perform at a high level. Ichiro was different in everything he did – from talking to the press, to his approach at the plate, to his pre-pitch ritual – and that clearly rubbed some people the wrong way. Personally, I’m just thankful I got to see something so different, so singular, for the past 11.5 years.