It’s a sad day for Mariners fans everywhere. Right fielder Ichiro Suzuki, who has been with the Mariners since 2001, was traded to the Yankees last night. And to add insult to injury, his first game as a Yankee was also last night…at Safeco Field…against the Mariners.
While I’m now a Mets fan, there has always been a hometeam spot in my heart for the Mariners, since I grew up just a few hours from them. The one season I remember most clearly was actually Ichiro’s first, in 2001, when the M’s set an American League record for single-season wins, ending with a record of 116-46. Ichiro won AL MVP that year, and he’s also managed to be a 10-time All-Star during his time with the team. I’ve always inherently rooted for the Mariners as a Washingtonian…but with the loss of Ichiro that’s much harder to do, since he was the last team member I still remembered.
This morning I came across a song called “Ichiro’s Theme” by Ben Gibbard. Take a listen:
We’ll miss you, Ichiro. And while I love you, I now dislike the Yankees a little bit more.