Ichiro Suzuki recorded the 4,000th hit of a career that spanned nine years in Japan and 13 here in the States tonight at Yankee Stadium. It was a typical Ichiro slap and he did it off a knuckleballer.
It was his 2,722nd as a major leaguer and that's why, according to Pete Rose he's going to have to do a lot more than get 256 more hits to catch Rose at 4,256 and be considered Baseball's Hit King™. According to YES play-by-play man Michael Kay, Rose said Ichiro's Japanese numbers were against inferior opponents and therefore don't count for purposes of his record. His teammates—and even one of his opponents, Munenori Kawasaki—however, thought the moment significant enough to stop the game and applaud.