Ichiro’s Best Moment
I’m working on a long post about Ichiro, but it’s done yet, and I felt like it the day after his trade, the blog’s main story shouldn’t be about Justin Smoak getting sent down. So, for now, let’s relive the best moment Ichiro ever had by Win Probability Added.
September 18th, 2009, vs NYY, down 2-1 in the bottom of the 9th, runner at second, Mariano Rivera on the mound.
Historically, teams in that situation only go on to win 13.3% of the time, and that’s facing a generic closer. Against Mariano Rivera, the odds were much lower. Didn’t matter – Ichiro crushed it, and everyone went home happy. It was actually the second day in a row he had a walkoff hit at home, as his 9th inning single the day before had given the team a 4-3 win over the White Sox.
Thanks for that memory, Ichiro.