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Baseball Is Just Baseball: The Understated Ichiro
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on August 23, 2012
This is a book you can breeze through in a few minutes, but both my wife and I got a kick out of it. Ichiro is one of my favorite players of all time and this would be a must-have for any Ichiro fan. Makes a good stocking stuffer!
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on January 11, 2014
Ichiro rocks. Talk about a stud! You can't really go wrong with this book if you are an Ichiro fan or a fan of the game.
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on November 21, 2001
What a terrific way to find out about the inscrutable superstar! His batting average is matched by his efficiency with language. Even my 3-year old son enjoys the short quips in this book.
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on October 4, 2001
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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on July 10, 2002
This book, especially for Mariner fans, was a nice look at one of Seattle's most loved baseball players. The book holds a nice variety of quotes from various newspapers from the East coast to Japan. By reading this amusing and highly enjoyable book, the reader is able to learn a number of different things about Ichiro, such as his success in Japan to his struggles (not many, but some) in spring training. A nice touch to these quotes is that each time Ichiro speaks, his words are put in italics. This book portrays Ichiro as who he is: a man here to play baseball.
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on August 24, 2001
I have never been a 'die-hard' baseball fan till this year when Ichiro stepped up to the plate. He put the fun back into baseball. Thanks to David Shields we now have an idea of just how much fun Ichiro is having as a baseball player. This book of Ichiro's quotes on baseball- from lighthearted and whimsical to thought-provoking words of wisdom- can be applied to our everyday life. This is a must-have book for any baseball fan. You'll want to share this one with your friends.
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on October 9, 2001
This isn't a book. It's a farce. It's actually a collection of mostly one-line quotes -- one per page in this epic tome -- pilfered from local newspapers in Seattle and Tacoma. The great pearls of "wisdom" being described here as some form of simplistic genius are little more than a series of trite quotes offered up by one of Ichiro's translators. Save the dough and do a web search for "Ichiro" on the Seattle Times or PI website. You'll have 90 percent of the text for free. This is a shameless attempt to cash in on the guy's instant celebrity status. You'll find deeper insights into baseball and life on the back of a cereal box.
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