Monday, January 5, 2015
Posted by el duque at 7:50 AM
The reason? We've seen the Ichiro movie, and it is "Twilight: Breaking Down, Part 2." It doesn't grow on you. The world has watched Ichiro struggle now for two seasons, with an on-base percentage in the range of Lenn Sakata, and the power output of an iPod Classic left in the rain. Nobody covets a corner OF - even a future Hall of Famer - whose threat at the plate is that he might beat out an infield hit. Forget the Twilight saga. This would amount to re-watching "Hangover III."
Which brings us to Seattle... the great 1990s Mecca, which proved it can still dazzle the world last January, by adding zeros upon zeros to a contract. By offering a 10-year deal, the Mariners induced Robbie Cano to leave Gomorrah and grow his freedom beard.
Let's go, Seattle. You had the money then. It's time to pony up again.
Listen: Two winters ago, the Yankees did right by Ichiro. We re-signed him. After all, he has had a great career. He is a great player. He is a great human being. He is in his twilight, and somebody needs to give him the farewell season he deserves. We did our part. It aint our job no more.
So where are the Mariners? Last I looked, they were giddy about Jesus "Ice Cream Sandwich" Montero's inspiring weight-loss. He's dropped 35 pounds and looks great in a two-piece! But when it comes to Ichiro, Seattle is more inclined to discuss the last Soundgarden album. In fact, MLB teams as a whole seem to be passing around Ichiro like a plate of liverwurst.
This is Ichiro's finale. Somebody needs to give him a job. Let's go, Seattle. Where have you gone, Courtney Love, our nation turns its lonely eyes to you...
Finally, one certain person should be watching this with special interest. If he wasn't so busy staring at Beyonce's navel and the extra zeros on his contract, Robbie Cano might want to notice the silent treatment that Seattle gives stars who have passed their sell-by date. Guided by the great baseball mind Jay-Z, Robbie held out for a 10 year deal. When a player does that, it's not because he expects to be productive in that final season: It's because he expects to be bad. And Seattle doesn't do well with bad.
Oh well, maybe Robbie will be the exception. Maybe in 2023, Seattle will throw him a magnificent farewell season, with toasts and gifts and a live performance by Four Non-Blondes! Good luck with that, Robbie! But aside from Curt Cobain, nobody gave more to Seattle than Ichiro Suzuki. And now, it's time for them to give back.
Come on, Seattle. He's a person, not a hot potato. Hello-o, Mariners? Are you hearing this? Will somebody please launch a hashtag? Or even a Chat Room? Hello-o?