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I knew that Ichiro was big in Japan, but I didn’t realize just how big. His fame in his home country far exceeds that enjoyed by any American athlete in the USA. Not only do you see ads, like today’s photo, all over the place, but every hit, K, or ground out is broadcast on the video screens in the trains. The Mariners’ games are all televised in Japan and each at bat of Ichiro is broken down, reviewed, replayed, and analyzed. You don’t see as much detail for MVPs in the World Series on TV in the states.

Congratulations to Ichiro last week for breaking his own record and collecting 200 hits for the 10th consecutive season. Next year he can break Pete Rose’s record of most 200 hit seasons.

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