Ichiro Suzuki wins first annual Hoss Radbourn award

Or “Radbourne” or “Radburn”, depending on who you are and what history books you read.

As a rule, I am generally distrustful of the internet. Whenever I get an email or a response here from someone I deem “important” (player, member of the actual press), I try and proceed as cautiously as possible, rather than go nuts and assume that this blog might be read by that person. My ego in this space is pretty small. But yesterday morning, I got sort of a curious email, apparently originating from Edward Achorn, the author of the book “59 in 84“, which I have been reading lately. He informed me that our very own Ichiro Suzuki was the recipient of the first annual Hoss Radbourn award. I try not to click on links from dubious sources, but I got brave enough to do it on my phone (who cares if that has a virus, right?) and discovered that it was indeed true. And he was not alone; Achorn has assembled a team he is awarding for “grit and greatness” (which, if you’re a reader of Lookout Landing, should make you snicker at least a little).

Even though I am only a few chapters in to the book (I do most of my reading at night before bedtime, and lately have not been able to hack more than a few pages at a time before passing out), I can safely recommend it. The book gives a marvelous glimpse into what it was like to be a baseball player in the days of coal mines, horse-and-buggy travel, general frontier life, and, horror of horrors, lack of a player’s union. Charles Radbourn was the first person to be captured on film giving the camera the finger, he played baseball in the far rougher early days of the game, and by all accounts was a fairly hard-headed character. He was such a badass that to this day, he maintains a Twitter account, despite being dead for well over 100 years. If that’s not worth your $18 plus shipping, I don’t know what is.

What will Ichiro think of this award? I don’t know. I’m sure he will prove his worth of it by getting another 200 hits in 2011, and being his regular Ichiro self. I just like that Ichiro Suzuki keeps being recognized for the gem he is, and that he’s ours.

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4 Responses to Ichiro Suzuki wins first annual Hoss Radbourn award

  1. hap says:

    I first saw your blog after Dave’s Memorial at the park. I like your perspective, and I like that you’re on the 300 level! I work at the park as a seating host on the 300 level (first base side) and if you look me up during a game I’ll give you an antique Mariner’s card! Your blog will be a regular read for me from now on. Now….how do you become and EX muscian?? Did you give up music?? Or are you just no longer gigging?? I have a lot of friends who are musicians…but have never met an EX musician!! Look forward to seeing you at the ballpark!!
    hap

    • Megan Shear says:

      I am so sorry – I let this comment through, and was preoccupied and never responded to it! My apologies!

      I started out on the 300 level, actually – my first season ticket year was in 331. My second (last year) was in 323, and last year was in 182 – I think I prefer the bleachers and will stay there if possible; I’m currently trying to find permanent work so that I can nab some season tix before 2011 starts…

      As for the ‘ex musician’ bit – I can still play of course, but I have just chosen to leave that part of my life behind. Competition was too stiff, and I’m not really a competitive person – I don’t tour anymore or play out here in Seattle, so I guess I chose ‘ex’ to describe that situation. 😉

      • hap says:

        No problem Megan, come on up anyway and I’ll still give you an antique M’s card! Anywhere in the ballpark is fine and if you were in 323 you were in one of my favorite sections!!

        See you at the ballpark!
        hap

  2. Megan Shear says:

    323 was pretty good. We were in the last row in View Box, seats 5 and 6, and it offered a nice view of the city, along with a pretty good perspective on the game. After sitting over LF, though, I realized that upstairs I feel kind of far from the game. Everywhere is a good place to sit in SafeCo, though, except for behind the foul poles. 😉
    I’d love a card. 🙂 I usually go to cheaper beer places before I go in for the game, but maybe this year I can get up there before first pitch. 🙂

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