Ichiro arrives in fine fashion … and hits the field
Ichiro Suzuki plays catch on the Mariners practice field after taking his physical on Friday. (Photo by Greg Johns).
Like clockwork, Ichiro Suzuki arrives at the last minute every year for Training Camp, takes his physical and then hits the field for some light jogging and catch.
The 37-year-old walked through the doors of the Mariners complex in Peoria, Ariz., at 3:15 p.m. on Friday, the last Mariners player to show before the first full-squad workout Saturday..
As a group of about 100 fans gathered outside the parking lot gate awaiting his departure — and the shot at an autograph — the 10-time All-Star hit the back field and limbered up.
He’ll be in full uniform Saturday morning when new manager Eric Wedge addresses his team for the first time and then sends them out for the start of the 2011 campaign.
Ichiro declined to talk to the media on Friday, another tradition, and said he’ll speak after Saturday’s practice.
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