It couldn’t have been more perfect for the Seattle Mariners legends Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro has played his final MLB game and his goodbye came in the country where the Japanese icon’s professional baseball career began.
He made his exit from right field to a deafening ovation from the crowd at the Tokyo Dome. The tribute to the all-time great lasted a few minutes, finishing with an emotional Ichiro tipping his cap and waving to the crowd. He received a hug from another Mariners legend, Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. Ichiro took one final look at the crowd, scooped up his bats, glove and helmet and went into the team’s dugout.
A legend in all facets. There is no argument. When he made the move to Seattle in 2001 he became the first Japanese position player to sign with an MLB team. The rest is history.
Ichiro is one of seven players in MLB history with at least 3,000 hits and 500 stolen bases. He joins the elite company of Lou Brock, Ty Cobb, Eddie Collins, Rickey Henderson, Paul Molitor and Honus Wagner. In addition Ichiro made 10 All-Star appearances.
A classy legend on and off the field. Respect Ichiro!