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Monday, June 11, 2007

He Disses Cleveland, but it's Hard to Dislike Ichiro

Posted By on Mon, Jun 11, 2007 at 5:33 PM

If you need a reason to get drunk and throw things on the field at tonight’s Tribe game, behold the Mariners’ ever quotable Ichiro in this morning’s Seattle Times. The Mariners were clearly not thrilled with the detour before opening a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. “To tell the truth, I'm not excited to go to Cleveland, but we have to,” Ichiro said through an interpreter. “If I ever saw myself saying I'm excited going to Cleveland, I'd punch myself in the face, because I'm lying.” I was briefly offended, but it appears that Ichiro has a mind like a three-year-old’s: He just says what he thinks. It’s not a bad trait for the typically sanitized and staid world of professional sports-speak. Consider his comments after a recent game-winning hit: “When I was playing, inside my head I was saying, ‘I want to go home quickly,’ and I swung and hit it because I wanted to go home. Today I thought, ‘I want to hurry up and get something to eat,’ and I swung and I hit it.” I hate to be a traitor, but that guy’s awesome. – Joe P. Tone

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