Friday, October 01, 2004


Ichiro Suzuki Breaks Record

Ichiro Suzuki set the major league record for hits in a season with 258, breaking George Sisler's 84-year-old mark with a pair of singles Friday night.

The Seattle star chopped a leadoff single in the first inning, then made history with a grounder up the middle in the third.

Fireworks went off at Safeco Field after the ball reached the outfield, and Suzuki's teammates mobbed him at first base as the crowd gave him a standing ovation. Texas first baseman Mark Teixeira shook the Japanese outfielder's hand.

With the fans still cheering, Suzuki ran over to the first-base seats and embraced Sisler's 81-year-old daughter, Frances Sisler Drochelman.

Go Ichiro. I salute you.

Update: Japanese fans celebrate Suzuki's historic hit

Here is more information on what this means to the Japanese. Fortunately, the Minstrel already gave us some of this info in the comments section.

1 comment:

The Moody Minstrel said...

The man is truly amazing, and he just keeps getting better. I think his approach, methodical and mature instead of short-tempered and full of trash talk, is both refreshing and inspiring.

He is definitely missed over here. The Orix BlueWave just aren't the same without him, and they might not even still exist thanks to that merger that is ticking everyone off...and gave rise to Japan's first-ever baseball players' strike a couple of weeks ago.