I'm from seattle, fuckin left there, too, moved to japan. It was too boring in seattle, lame, I dont blame the guy one bit, hes been there like 10 years, good for him, find somethin better, and have some fun
+Antoine Collier Yeah, Congratulations, you just got .261 hitter with 4 home runs and an OPS+ of 83 (an average OPS+ is 100, so for those of you playing the home game, that's terrible.) Just more money added to the payroll, shocker of the century.
No longer sport but a form of industrial warfare? Games are for playing, aren't they? Spectating does not a sport make. It's corruption by becoming big business is, in my opinion, deplorable, but no doubt there are many with financial and emotional vested interests who will howl for my blood for saying so... Julius Ceasar was right, bread and circuses (circii?) to keep the plebs distracted from your crimes...
I hate to see him go, but at least the M's are getting rid of him while they can get a trade out of it. Plus, Ich will get the chance to play in a WS, something that wasn't going to happen in Seattle. Win-win, IF these prospects pan out.
Just wait... Ichiro doesn't have the stats right now, but the Mariners have crap protection around him. He will get to NY and have a mini-resurgence. He won't be where he was early in his career, but he'll blow those first half stats of his out the window.
Never took ichiro as a man of the dark empire but guess with today's economy and the greed factor, even the evil Yankees can corrupt a honest, hardworking man such as ichiro. Good luck and hope you can separate yourself from the ill-fated greedy, grimy and corrupted hands of the evil empire, the New York Yutzees...
Sigh. The rich keep on keepin' on. They just get richer and richer. This is an epic loss for Seattle. My kids and I enjoyed many years of Mariners baseball when we lived in the area and even before that for the two decades that I lived in Portland. We probably attended a couple of hundred games total by way of 20-game-plans and season tickets in some years.