The Mariners lost at home yesterday to the Indians. This would be a happier story if they’d won, although I feel no particular way about the Mariners. But this is Ichiro doing a cool and heroic thing on a baseball diamond in the majors in 2018—had it been part of a win, it would’ve been that much sweeter. Here we have the 44-year-old outfielder tracking a deep fly ball to the wall in left field:
Not bad for an old man! Ichiro started in left, and batted ninth in the order, and added a couple hits and a run on the day. He really is a remarkable guy: in his 17 seasons in the majors prior to this one, he’s never played fewer than 136 games, and that low number came last year, when he was 43 years old and a surplus outfielder on the Marlins, who had one of the best outfield trios in the majors. He’s a baseball machine! Ichiro in a Mariners uniform, robbing a home run at the wall, in an actual major league baseball game, in 2018, is a marvelous thing.