Ichiro Traded to Devils
It's said that Ichiro requested a trade a couple of weeks back so that Seattle could "start its rebuilding process." If it was indeed his decision, we doubt that his intent was so selfless, but considering all the guy has done for the Mariners, we'll overlook that. Fact is, this move smacks of what the Boston Bruins did for one Raymond Bourque in the twilight of his career when they dealt him to the Colorado Avalanche so that he'd at least have a shot of winning a Stanley Cup, a feat he accomplished in 2001. Thing is, Ichiro does deserve to play out the string on a winner with a chance of winning it all, but why the Yankees? The M's have done such a great job lately of screwing the Bombers in one way or another (pulling Cliff Lee off the table and Pineda for Montero), but this one hurts. No matter what Ichiro does in New York, I really can't stand the thought of him playing in for the Yankees. And please stop calling D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar prospects, fer crissakes.
I know Ichiro is only hitting a shade above .260 this year, but if you look up and down the Mariners lineup, that still makes him about the best hitter they have. I'd like to think that on a team with a solid lineup from top to bottom that Ichiro could recapture some of his old magic and make his way back towards .300 and 200 hits, and maybe he will. But this is the Yankees we're talking about. I can't stand the Yankees. If it were any other team in the bigs I'd probably be rooting for Ichiro to get that World Series ring. But I just can't do it.
So, I'll end this thing by saying, "Good luck Ichiro. I hope you find your old stroke and make that rightfield porch at Yankee stadium look like the joke that it is. But I really hope you don't sniff the series this year... at least not in pinstripes."