200 x 10 = 2010

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Much more than just the word my imaginary Japanese girlfriend mysteriously cries out during moments of passion, Ichiro signifies consistency and well-honed precision.  It’s a pity that he plays in Seattle where those skills will never be rewarded with the digitary hardware he deserves.  Ten straight seasons of 200+ hits, though, should definitely count for something more.

But where do these skills come from?  Was he struck by a radioactive baseball as a youngster?  Like Tyler Colvin‘s recent incident, were his parents speared by a shattered baseball bat and he vowed to take revenge?  Or perhaps it’s something much simpler, a reflection of his heritage:

I mean come on, if you had to run in unison while making sure you didn’t crash into another running someone, wouldn’t the logical next step be using that same precision to ensure contact instead?

Congratulations, Ichiro.  It’s an impressive feat.  But we’re on to you.

Happy Saturday!

-A

5 Comments

Awesome.
-Jonestein

Saw 201 last night in the first innimgs of the Rays game and it went off like a ususal Ichiro pop…without fanfare or a hint of history. But that is what amazes me sometimes about Ichiro and his baseball persona, ewven though he speaks better English than most of us, he is silent, humble and goes about his work.
It is also some you got to respect. Got mad props and love for Suzuki-san….You can even get him to smile in the outfield a few times….maybe.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Now whats with the imaginary girlfriend bit, I am sure Jeff referenced her being inflatable or did she dump you…:-)

and i se the Tigers are finally playing baseball whats with that

-peter
http://devilabrit.mlblogs.com

Too bad those hits from Japan don’t count here…Ichiro would be the hit king. I’d rather it be him than Pete Rose. Ichiro is such a beast!
-Virginia
http://southernbelle.mlblogs.com
http://pinstripepartisan.com

I’ve always liked Mr. Suzuki. I hope he remains healthy enough to do even sicker things. That vid just reminds me we are going to be a 3rd world nation really really soon!
Mike
http://thebrooklyntrolleyblogger.mlblogs.com/

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