Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Great piece by Kevin Kernan of the New York Post.  It turns out Ichiro Suzuki was sometimes "perplexed" by Joe Girardi...and so, he left because of that.  Interesting.

"A smiling Ichiro went through his first official workout with Miami on Tuesday. He is thrilled to be a Marlin, and although Ichiro will not say it, for he is much too polite and professional, he is happy to be away from Joe Girardi as his manager.

Ichiro was sometimes perplexed by the way he was used by Girardi. Hard lessons were learned in his time with the Yankees. Ichiro said he grew as a person.

'The experiences that I was able to go through,’ a thoughtful Ichiro told The Post through interpreter Allen Turner in a hallway outside the visiting clubhouse at Roger Dean Stadium, 'things that I couldn’t do anything about, a lot of things happened, and I just had to deal with it and be able to move forward.

'...If things happened that you couldn’t control and didn’t like, if you let that affect you and cut things off emotionally and mentally, you can’t do that, you’ve got to keep going. That was something I had to overcome.'’’

Great nugget from Kernan and he's right, Ichiro is such a professional and such a likeable guy, you'll never hear trash talk.  But clearly Ichiro needed to move on and did... and I wish the guy well.

I will always be an Ichiro fan.

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