Ichiro Being Ichiro

July 08, 2007 | Comments (0) | by Chaim Witz

A good read from Jayson Stark over at the Mothership. Kind of a news-of-the-weird type recap of the first half of the season. I really enjoyed the Top 3 Ichiro quotes, so much so that that I have copied and pasted them below.

Sake bombs on the house.

Top three Ichiro quotes of the half-year (courtesy of the Seattle Times' Larry Stone):

Third prize: On how his first visit to Wrigley Field reminded him of an old stadium from his youth in Japan: "It had a similar smell of fresh garbage."
Second prize: On the Mariners' crazy schedule, which caused them to make three first-half trips to Cleveland because of a four-game April snowout: "If I ever saw myself saying I'm excited going to Cleveland, I'd punch myself in the face, because I'm lying."
First prize: On the prospect of meeting his countryman,
Daisuke Matsuzaka, for the first time in the big leagues: "I hope he arouses the fire that's dormant in the innermost recesses of my soul. I plan to face him with the zeal of a challenger."