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Ichiro on Ichiro Hardcover – August 10, 2004
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This book gives a very personal glimpse into the mindset of the man who not only has set numerous Major League records, but is a national hero in his native Japan after winning seven consecutive batting titles there. The book is laid out entirely in Q&A format and covers his entire playing career, his childhood, little league, his move to America and his first three seasons playing for the Seattle Mariners. While most biographies tell a story, what is surprising about this book is how direct and honest he is. It is fascinating to read about the mental and physical preparation he puts into the game.
Recently a Sports Illustrated writer attempted to discount his hits record. This was a huge miss. Ichiro is the real deal, a major leaguer who respects the game in every way, plays his all for the fans, and earns every hit he gets. The hard facts are that for 84 years thousands of players have failed to break that record for a reason. An amazing athlete with gold glove fielding ability, an arm like Roberto Clemente, and the ability to turn a soft infield ground ball into two bases with a single and a stolen base.
This book is worth reading if you are at all a fan of the game. It is refreshing in an era of ego-maniacs and over paid prima donnas, that we have an athlete who takes his craft seriously, wants to work to earn every penny, and is humble in the process.Read more ›
But above all this book is on baseball: how it is played in Japan, how it is different here; the relationships among the players, negeotiating salaries with the team; the consistent and unrelenting pressure from the press. Perhaps the best though is the serious analysis of the game that he gives every aspect of the game. Excellent, even if you're not a Mariners fan.
A great buy for the casual fan wanting to really know who Ichiro is - and for the serious fan who wants to know exactly what that skinny guy slapping singles and beating out infield grounders on the diamond is really all about.
Great addition to the library! WELL worth the $30 it was on it's first day!
One thing that I wish to point out is that many Americans, after reading this book, are surprised how eloquent Ichiro actually is. Most atheletes are not really known for their eloquence, so there is nothing interesting there, but for Japanese ballplayers language barrier is often the reason why they appear even more quiet. They fear of getting misunderstood using little English. Even someone like Hideo Nomo, who has been described as a sourpuss, does actually talks substantially to the media, if you can understand Japanese.
If you wish to know Ichiro the baseball master in depth or wish to know a bit about the Japanese baseball, I highly recommend this book. For casual observers, the book might just be a curious read into the mind of baseball *geek* from a land where attention to subtleties is appreciated.
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Unfortunately the guy interviewing Ichiro is so in love with him he just talks about the boring topics like, "What is your approach to hitting? Read morePublished 18 months ago by Brian Ward
Not much was known about Ichiro through US media except for his stats and behavior at the club house, etc. Read morePublished 19 months ago by T. Stone
Ichiro is Ichiro (or was when I bought this book for my grandson). This was several years ago before he went to the Yankees. He was our hometown baseball hero.Published on November 23, 2013 by S. J. Dwinnell-Smith
Interview with Ichiro book. Ichiro is down to earth intelligent. Lots of good baseball information and learn about Ichiro's life. Great Baseball bookPublished on November 8, 2013 by Arthur Welohr
The book is in interview format. If you are interested in the origins of Ichiro's fascinating career and his early days with the Mariners, Ichiro, buy it.Published on June 20, 2013 by Leonard M. Lewandowski
This book is a fascinating set of interviews between Ichiro Suzuki, one of the world's best baseball players, and reporter Narumi Komatsu. Read morePublished on December 12, 2004 by L. A. Kane