Lee gets tossed, a little ode to Ichiro

If you read the internet, you’ll by now be aware that Cliff Lee got ejected from a Spring Training game vs the Arizona Diamondbacks today. In the Lookout Landing link is a link from Ryan Divish that I will also link here. I’m torn. On one hand, Don Wakamatsu is well-known for his intolerance of guys getting crazy on the field, and that is something I like about him. On the other, the guys were just doing what they do, and how is Wak going to stop 30 guys from running out of the dugout? Situations like this fascinate me, because I really don’t have a solid opinion about the way they should be handled. A mistake is a mistake, and Lee claims he made a mistake. Whether the Arizona players are willing to let it go is up to them. Sounds like there were some tempers flared and some chests puffed, so perhaps they got it out of their systems. I guess the DBacks can take some consolation in knowing that they’ve shot us to the moon during today’s game, so there’s that.

There is a series of commercials that I first started noticing last year during the World Series called “Beyond Baseball”. I’m not entirely sure what purpose they serve, other than to get fans jazzed up for the game, but they’re usually really cool commercials, 30 seconds of stirring the emotional side of the baseball pot. The ones that have stood out to me so far are the ones about Tim Lincecum, Nick Adenhart, and this one, featuring Albert Pujols:

MLBN has been running the Pujols one a lot lately, and the “living history” bit got me to thinking…

I am usually the kind of person who goes for the underdog. I like a lot of players who aren’t very good, and while I root for them to succeed, I know the chances of it happening are usually not high. In fact, if there’s a guy out there who struggles a lot to keep his job, it would be safe to say that I’m probably a fan. Garrett Olson. RA Dickey. Roy Corcoran. Jeff Clement. Yeah, Willie Bloomquist and Jeremy Reed. I like crappy middle relievers and closers, guys who some of the blogosphere here might say are full of “grit” and/or “hustle”, guys whose careers are not long for this world, guys I have to enjoy watching while I can because implosion could be right around the corner. I could probably post a fairly complete list, but I won’t; it’s a litany of tears and sadness, and I won’t bother anyone with it. Generally speaking, while I do very much like the guys who are in Mariners uniforms who are incredible, they already have enough fans because they’re good at their jobs. In my own little way, I just try and tip the scales a bit. But after seeing the Pujols commercial a few times, I realized that there is an exception, a stand-out…

Here in Seattle, we’ve been incredibly lucky. We’ve been able to witness our own piece of living history since the 2001 season. We will witness it again this year, when Ichiro Suzuki begins the bid for his 10th year of 200+ hits. We witness it every time he leaps up over the wall to pluck a would-be home run out of the sky, every time he dives into the corner to kill a would-be double, every time he lasers someone out at second from right field, every time he steps up to bat and assumes his stretch, every time he comes through with an impossible, unbelievable, improbable hit at exactly the time it’s needed the most. The guy is so cool that he is known everywhere by one name. We are ridiculously lucky to have him on our team, and though I won’t be having children to share this information with, I will be glad to be able to say that I saw Ichiro Suzuki play, and that he was always, wonderfully, a Seattle Mariner.

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2 Responses to Lee gets tossed, a little ode to Ichiro

  1. nwmkyrwn says:

    you are absolutely right about ichiro. while i only managed to see three mariners games at safeco field so far, when i watch a mariners game on mlb.tv, seeing ichiro stretch at all the (un)appropriate moments, hit to all areas of the field is amazing.

    that said: a nice post and a great blog!
    markus _(germany)

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