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Let’s watch Ichiro pitch

Dec 10, 2012, 11:06 AM EDT

I’m sure this video had to have circulated before now, but I’ve never seen in it. Via the MLB Fan Cave page, it’s Ichiro pitching in the 1996 NPB All-Star Game.

He hits 90 in warmups and pushes it in the game action, which starts at 2:40 in the video.  Admit it: your team has had guys who look worse than this in the pen in the past couple of years.

  1. Ben - Dec 10, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Is he pitching to Hideki Matsui? That’s awesome

  2. mrrooch - Dec 10, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Ichiro is the man. Wow, the Japanese All-Star game looks like a great time. A fun exhibition for the the fans, no pressure, where their best position player can come in and get the save. Wish America did this. Wait?…

  3. IdahoMariner - Dec 10, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    i always wondered why they didn’t use him in a couple of those extra inning games the last couple of years. still more proof eric wedge is all mustache, no game.

    and it looked like matsui was set to hit, then they subbed in the other guy. would have liked to see that matchup.

    • blacksables - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:28 PM

      Ever heard of Jose Canseco?

  4. willclarkgameface - Dec 10, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    This makes the shitshow money grab known as the MLB All-Star Game look like a money grab shit show.

    Do it like this Bud and then maybe we’d care, but you have most of the players elected by fans wanting to get out of the game by the 3rd so they can go on their fishing trip early. AND they have an extra day to enjoy their trip. Why do we need a 4 day All Star break?

    I know you want to have World Series Game 7 on Christmas Day to compete with the NBA games, Bud.

  5. cur68 - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    After watching all of this I have come to two conclusions:
    1) the NBP AS Game is awesome.
    2) Strike calls in Japanese are awesome.

    I already knew Ichiro was awesome.

    • georgebrett - Dec 11, 2012 at 1:34 PM

      The umpire in this game made it a show because Ichiro was pitching. Japanese umpires are very very professional and on top of their game. No need for the pitcher or the hitter to have to find out what the strike zone is each game because it’s the same from ump to ump.

  6. townballblog - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    A. He looks like he is 10 years old (he kind of still does today)
    B. Single, best strike call EVER (followed by by the lamest ball call ever)
    C. His pace makes Mark Buehrle (sp?) look like a snail

  7. lyon810 - Dec 10, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    So Taguchi sighting

    • stlouis1baseball - Dec 10, 2012 at 3:14 PM

      So Taguchi it was. You beat me to it Lyon.

  8. moogro - Dec 10, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Ichiro=amazing.

  9. kanganzhu - Dec 10, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    Ichiro bringing the cheddar!

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