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Picture of the Day: Ichiro steps to the plate in Tokyo

Mar 25, 2012, 1:44 PM EST

From Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times comes the shot below of Mariners outfielder and native of Japan Ichiro Suzuki getting ready to bat in Saturday’s exhibition game against the Hanshin Tigers. The Mariners lost the game 5-1 in front of a raucous sold out crowd of 55,000 at the Tokyo Dome.

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  1. gogigantos - Mar 25, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    very cool

  2. gatherspeed - Mar 25, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Looks like Tropicana Field !

    • redguy12588 - Mar 25, 2012 at 5:05 PM

      Except for all the fans.

      • Old Gator - Mar 25, 2012 at 5:52 PM

        And there’s no morbidly obese predator drone.

    • Old Gator - Mar 25, 2012 at 6:14 PM

      I assure you that Tokyo Dome doesn’t feel in the least like the Tropicana Dump. If feels spacious, airy, bright and there are no mold spores. And across the street there’s a 15th-century royal garden – Koishikawa Korakuen – a walk through which is a great way to prepare for a game and a great way to decompress after one. Aside from all the American red eared turtles crowding out the native Reeves and softshell turtles in the ponds, it’s one of the best preserved antique facilities in the city. It’s not like, say, the slums and rubble and vacant lots around the Tropicana Tumulus at all.

      Then again, there’s no Salvador Dali Museum adjacent to the Toky Dome either….call it a tradeoff and decide which one you’d rather visit.

  3. outofleftfield22 - Mar 25, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    That face in the billboard ad (upper left of the photo) looks very familiar to a certain #51. I wonder what beverage he’s promoting. My Japanese language skills suck.

    • cup0pizza - Mar 25, 2012 at 3:30 PM

      Cream of Sum Yung Guy – it’s the preferred beverage of old gator, cur68 & gigantodbag.

      • Old Gator - Mar 25, 2012 at 5:53 PM

        For those of you who are new to this blog, cup0feces is our virtual village idiot. The comment above will give you a pretty accurate idea of which part of town he hails from.

    • philliesnuts - Mar 25, 2012 at 5:52 PM

      Looks like the beverage is Kirin beer

      • Old Gator - Mar 25, 2012 at 8:02 PM

        For cup0feces, it would have to be Tsingtao, since judging from his typically lowlife comment above he apparently doesn’t even know the difference between Japanese and Chinese.

  4. drakej541 - Mar 25, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    its a Japanese Beer Ad. He looks like he’s posing as Uncle Sam!! “I want you…..to drink this beer”

  5. shawon0meter - Mar 25, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Apparently his walk-up music is LMFAO’s “Party Rock”

    • Senor Cardgage - Mar 25, 2012 at 10:30 PM

      He should be called out for making contact with the ball with one foot completely outside the batter’s box.

      • stercuilus65 - Mar 26, 2012 at 3:29 AM

        Except his foot was completely in the box when he made contact! Other than that great observation!

      • The Baseball Idiot - Mar 26, 2012 at 9:40 AM

        Except for the fact that his back foot is completely out of the batter’s box, which is against the rules. He’s not even close.

        Lifting his foot and dragging it over the box while making contact does not constitute having his foot in the box when he makes contact. Doesn’t matter if one foot is in, he established the other foot outside the box and never brought it back in.

        By rule, Ichiro should/could be called out. I’ll bet the chances of a umpire calling him out in Japan for this is pretty much non-existant.

        Good call, Senor.

      • Senor Cardgage - Mar 26, 2012 at 12:40 PM

        This, by the way, is the reason the first batter of the game takes his foot and obliterates the back line of the box. The ump can’t call what he definitely can’t see.

  6. eastcoastcynic - Mar 26, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    Too bad the attention is all about Ichiro Susuki and not about the Mariners, then again the Mariners didn’t do much to warrant any.

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