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."