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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Hit, October 4, 2001
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This review is from: "Baseball Is Just Baseball": The Understated Ichiro: An Unauthorized Collection Compiled by David Shields (Paperback)
When Ichiro Suzuki signed with the Seattle Mariners, NHK Television, Japan's equivalent to PBS, in an unprecedented move, negotiated to broadcast not a few, as is the norm, but ALL of the Mariners games in 2001. (Even Hideo Nomo, a local hero in his own right, who went to the LA Dodgers, didn't receive this much broadcast coverage.) Now the two most watched baseball teams in the Land of the Rising Sun are the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants and the Seattle Mariners.
As a long-time resident of Japan I have watched Ichiro make behind-the-back catches since he was in high school. I was amazed when, during one of the All-Star games (they play a series), Ichiro shifted from the outfield to the pitchers' mound and threw like he did such a thing every day.
While friends and I attend a few games a season, I'm just not a big baseball fan...until Ichiro plays on TV. After-work cocktails with "the boys" more often than not starts with someone asking, "Did you see what Ichiro did today?" Expletive-deleted comments are usually centered around "unbelievable!" Now these sessions include "Baseball is Just Baseball".
Ichiro is a hero to all of us here in Japan and this book shows, beyond the remarkable playing skills, why. In a time when big bats are usually accompanied by big mouths, Ichiro shows the world that it just doesn't have to be that way.
Great reading and here's hoping David Shields can put out a new volume every year.
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Initial post: Jan 23, 2012 10:54:12 AM PST
I have used the above promo material in an article at Yankee Wizard.blogspot.com
My view? He's still the best there is. But he's not getting younger. At age 38 he could have seen his best year in MLB, but let's hope not. Don White

Posted on Jan 23, 2012 10:57:24 AM PST
I have used the above promo material in an article at Yankee Wizard.blogspot.com
My view? He's still the best there is. But he's not getting any younger. At age 38 he could have seen his best years in MLB, but let's hope not. His body looks to be that of a much younger man. If so, imagine if you will, this great crowd-pleaser sticking around for five more years. Don White donalddbruce@gmail.com

Posted on Jan 23, 2012 10:58:14 AM PST
I have used the above promo material in an article at Yankee Wizard.blogspot.com
My view? He's still the best there is. But he's not getting any younger. At age 38 he could have seen his best years in MLB, but let's hope not. His body looks to be that of a much younger man. If so, imagine if you will, this great crowd-pleaser sticking around for five more years. Don White donalddbruce@gmail.com
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