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Ichiro appreciates Yankees fans; Teixeira remembers 1996 Orioles series

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His season has usually been over by this point, but when the Yankees play the Orioles in Game 1 of the ALDS Sunday night at Camden Yards, Ichiro Suzuki will be back playing in the postseason for the first time since his first season in the majors, with the Mariners in 2001. He said via interpreter before Friday night’s workout at Yankee Stadium that he thought the playoffs would be the norm for him after that season. But it didn’t turn out that way.

Seattle traded him here in July, and he has seen a whole different atmosphere with his new team.

“Maybe with other teams making it to the playoffs is one of their goals,” Suzuki said. “But now from here on out is where the goal setting starts with the Yankees.”

Suzuki, who turns 39 on Oct. 22, was hitting .261 at the time of the deal. He batted .322 in 67 games with the Yankees.

“He’s shown he’s still a great player,” Joe Girardi said.

Suzuki spoke about how comfortable a transition it was for him with the Yankees, how he doesn’t usually like to open up and show his personality but that he did after the players started “teasing around” with him right after he switched sides. He said he wants to continue playing. He also told a story about how he quickly came to appreciate Yankees fans as a visitor despite what happened when the Yankees were about to eliminate the Mariners in the 2001 ALCS.

“Probably toward the end of the game, the fans started chanting, ‘Sayonara, Ichiro,’ ” Suzuki said. “That was kind of a tough moment, obviously losing. That was a tough thing to experience. After the season, that was the first time I went to Cooperstown. When I visited there, there were some Yankees fans there. They came up and wanted my autograph. I told them, ‘You want my autograph even though you’re saying Sayonara Ichiro?’ The fans were laughing.

“At that point, I kind of realized the Yankees fans buy a ticket, come to the stadium and they really enjoy the game. They’re here to enjoy this atmosphere, get after the other players. After the game, when they come out of the stadium, they still go out and ask for an autograph from the opposing team. They just generally, I think, love the game and love the players. You can’t say that about all the clubs. The fans that are out there screaming at you, that are saying rude things, that same stuff happens outside of the stadium.

“And so I was really kind of touched by the Yankees fans at that point. This was in 2001. I’ve really come to realize what kind of fans the Yankees fans were. I didn’t have to forgive them or anything, because to me, they were great fans.”

Mark Teixeira remembers the action of one fan in right at the old Yankee Stadium during Game 1 of the 1996 ALCS against the Orioles, the time when 12-year-old Jeffrey Maier reached out and assisted Derek Jeter’s drive over the fence — ruled a tying homer. The Yankees won the game and later the World Series. Teixeira wasn’t too pleased with that ruling. He was an Orioles fan at the time as a high school student in Baltimore. Friday night he said it was “one of the worst calls in baseball history.”

Now Teixeira is trying to overcome his calf problem and reverse his lack of postseason success with the Yankees. Meanwhile, CC Sabathia, as expected, will start Game 1. Hope you can check out my linked stories today for LoHud.com and The Journal News.

 

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81 Responses to “Ichiro appreciates Yankees fans; Teixeira remembers 1996 Orioles series”

  1. Yankee Trader October 6th, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Chad-

    Enjoyed the article about Ichiro. Attached the Filip Bundy NY Daily News article on Ichiro. Look at the caption below the picture. :)

    “Yankees’ Ichiro Suzuki ready for another October run after 11-year wait.”

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  2. mick October 6th, 2012 at 9:08 am

    mick October 6th, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Balt’s power seems to be righthanded.
    This might negate Rapada.
    Eppley could be called in to face Reynolds and Davis.
    mick October 6th, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Buck will throw all leftys at us in the Stadium.
    He’s got Britton,Chen ,Saunders, Matusz, Wolf…
    If not Nix, can Jones be far away?

  3. mick October 6th, 2012 at 9:09 am

    I hope he doesn’t bat Swish 2nd against the leftys.

  4. mick October 6th, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Nunez will be a key in this series.

    He should be alright,
    doesn’t seem to be wound too tight.

  5. Yankee Trader October 6th, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Time out for breakfast.

    Yankees “weather” the bad weather on Sunday at gametime, beat the shift, and outpitch the O’s from starter thru closer, and the Yankees should win the ALDS and spoil any chances of a Showaltorioles upset! :)

    Until later.

    Have a great day.

  6. Tar October 6th, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Baltimore’s luck is about to go dry, Yankees in 3.

  7. 86w183 October 6th, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Jeffrey Maier should throw out the first pitch for game three.

    I doubt Showalter will get away from his best guys — that’s Hammel (if healthy). Chen, Gonzalez and Tillman.

    Though it has to be tempting to go with Saunders in game 4 or 5 after his outing in Texas.

  8. austinmac October 6th, 2012 at 9:38 am

    86w183,

    That is truly a great idea. Have Jeter catch it.

  9. blake October 6th, 2012 at 9:38 am

    I’d like to see Ichiro and Justin Upton in the 2013 outfield….but meanwhile I wanna see #28!

  10. Ghostwriter October 6th, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Baltimore is hot, and they’re going to be a full load. It’s only fitting that the Yanks should have to face them first in the playoffs, considering how the Yanks split their games with the O’ down the stretch and in the season series. We might as well settle things between these two teams!

    Is there any word on the O’s rotation for the series? I assume CC will get the ball for the Yanks in game 1…

  11. Bo knows October 6th, 2012 at 9:42 am

    The whole Yankee team is being challenged – manager and team. Might be their last shot with Baltimore’s youth coming on.

    http://www.baseball-reference......bu99.shtml

  12. yankeefeminista October 6th, 2012 at 9:42 am

    C’s definitely pitching game 1.

    If Hammel starts Game 1, has to be Chen in Game 2, then Gonzalez, Tillman, if they stay in their usual order.

  13. Tar October 6th, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Yankee Starters have to figure out how to get Wieters out, or pitch around him.

    No Markakis, Jones is a free swinger and the rest of their line-up is just not very scary. Even with the familiarity because of how many times these guys have seen each other, I think out SP is going to dominate.

    I would go CC, Andy, Kuroda and Hughes

  14. 86w183 October 6th, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Ichiro makes $ 18 M this year. How much do you propose to pay him in 2013. He turns 39 later this month and has been a .277 hitter the past two years?

    I assume Gardner and either Nova or Hughes would be parts of a package for Justin Upton.

  15. Benny Blanco October 6th, 2012 at 9:45 am

    This series will not be a walk in the park. Don’t like the fact that we have to open up two at the o’s but it is what it is. I certainly think that the team whose bullpen pitches the best will win this series.

    Giradi has to keep Ichiro at the top of the lineup. No ifs ands or buts.

    And last but not least, tex and swisher have to hit. If swisher does not hit this postseason many of you will not want the Yankees to resign him to a new deal.

  16. 86w183 October 6th, 2012 at 9:45 am

    I would go CC, Andy, Kuroda and Hughes

    *********************************

    Unless down two games to one, then I go with CC on short rest in game 4.

  17. Ghostwriter October 6th, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Tar October 6th, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Yankee Starters have to figure out how to get Wieters out, or pitch around him.

    No Markakis, Jones is a free swinger and the rest of their line-up is just not very scary. Even with the familiarity because of how many times these guys have seen each other, I think out SP is going to dominate.

    I would go CC, Andy, Kuroda and Hughes
    ———–

    Reynolds has been pretty tough on the Yanks of late. The Yanks need to get him under control as well…

  18. Ghostwriter October 6th, 2012 at 9:48 am

    86w183 October 6th, 2012 at 9:45 am

    I would go CC, Andy, Kuroda and Hughes

    *********************************

    Unless down two games to one, then I go with CC on short rest in game 4.
    ————–

    You know…. Call me crazy, but I’d give the ball to Hughes in that situation. Late in the season, with first place on the line, went into Camden Yards, and gave a heck of a big-game performance, shutting down the O’s. I think that Hughes is up to the challenge.

  19. Benny Blanco October 6th, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Ghost, the Yankee stating pitchers cannot let mark Reynolds turn into manny Ramirez on us. They have to get him out.

  20. Ghostwriter October 6th, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Edit:

    Late in the season, with first place on the line, Hughes went into Camden Yards, and gave a heck of a big-game performance, shutting down the O’s

  21. 86w183 October 6th, 2012 at 10:11 am

    It looked like Reynolds got hit pretty hard on that hand last night. He stayed in, but I wonder if some damage was done.

  22. Madrugador October 6th, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Maybe I missed this thread but I still can not believe that infield fly rule call last night. Yes, I know the Braves made three errors but to discount that the ruling had no influence on the outcome of the game is just ludicrous.
    I am in favor of the new playoff format. Previously, there was no significant disadvantage to being the wild card team and in fact the wild card team has won the WS several times. This new format puts am appropriate burden on the wild card teams. However, if you are going to make a team’s 162-game season depend on one game, you better make sure that it’s the teams on the field that decide the outcome and not the umpires.
    Whether it is instant replay, or coaches challenge or just that play is halted and the call is discussed, there has to be a change to the way baseball games are officiated. “We’ve always done it this way”, is no longer a sufficient reason for maintaining the status quo.

    I wonder what Yankee Stadium would have looked like it that call was made against the Yankees?

  23. vinny-b October 6th, 2012 at 10:18 am

    I love Ichiro. He and Granderson were my 2 fave non-NYY players, in this decade.

    I hope the Yankees can win a ring this year. And i hope there’s a way, NYY can re-sign Ichiro in the off-season.

    side note: when viewing the highlight of Cervelli crossing home plate the other night. I remarked to myself how lucky the bat boy was to be the first to congratulate Cervelli. After viewing the highlight a few times, i realized the ‘bat boy’ was Ichiro. At 39 years old, this is type of physique he has. He’s not done. And he may play longer then Jeter

  24. blake October 6th, 2012 at 10:21 am

    “Ichiro makes $ 18 M this year. How much do you propose to pay him in 2013. He turns 39 later this month and has been a .277 hitter the past two years?

    5 millionish?

    Yea in that scenario either Gardner or Grandy would be traded and you’re also assuming Swisher isn’t brought back

  25. blake October 6th, 2012 at 10:23 am

    I wouldn’t want Gardner and Ichiro on the corners. Just not enough pop and too left handed. But if they did trade Gardner or Granderson and did add a legit RH bat then I wouldn’t mind having him back for another year cause I think he’s got some gas left in the tank now after getting new life to his career

  26. Bo knows October 6th, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Ichiro on top of four other forty year olds? Jeter, Andy, Alex and Kuroda.

    That way be dragons.

  27. blake October 6th, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Actually if I had my ideal situation we would :

    1. Figure or a way to bring Swisher back affordable
    2. We would figure out a way to get Upton
    3. We would be able to trade Granderson for good value
    4 and we would have Ichiro back for one year

    Joe could rotate the DH like he loves to do but have a legit hitter in the lineup every day…..Swisher could DH a lot and you’d have a Upton, Gardner, Ichiro outfield on a daily basis

    Very unlikely all that can happen

  28. yankee21 October 6th, 2012 at 10:28 am

    I wouldn’t want Gardner and Ichiro on the corners as starters either. However, I would seriously explore trading Grandy (even though I think he is a great guy) and having Gardner as the CF.

    Depends on Ichiro’s asking price whether to bring him back or not. He is a winning ballplayer but it will come down to what he expects.

  29. 86w183 October 6th, 2012 at 10:29 am

    If value can be had in trades my 2013 OF would be Melky, BJ Upton and Justin Upton. Much younger, cheaper and more athletic than Ichiro, Granderson and Swisher.

    Swisher still has a lot of value to me, but all indications are he wants to cash in and I’m not interested in five or more years for someone 32 or above. Swish hits 32 in November.

    Any interest in trying to convince Chipper Jones to be the backup 3B, 1B and DH? A two year deal for that gives him a great shot at 3,000 hits and 500 HR.

  30. yankee21 October 6th, 2012 at 10:32 am

    I would bring back Swisher for anything in 3/45 range, beyond that in $ or years I let him walk.

    However, Hal/Cash need to make sure if he is allowed to walk he replaces that production 1:1 somehow.

  31. Bo knows October 6th, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Very unlikely all that can happen

    ——————–
    My greatest fear is that the Yankees trade away Nunez and Cervelli at discount rates to do another patch job. Gardner is one of my favorites but I would trade him before Nunez. Didn’t understand the banishment of Cervelli this spring. There was something more than no catcher in AAA.

  32. 86w183 October 6th, 2012 at 10:34 am

    My guess is that if the Yanks go out early or win it all they will go into extreme makeover mode using the early exit as justification or the title to give them cover.

    The changes will be less dramatic if they lose in the ALCS or W.S. in my view. That would convince (delude) them into thinking they just need tweaking.

    The thing is the order of the decisions will be crucial. What’s first, Mariano’s decision? Soriano’s opt out? Picking up/declining options? Making or not making “qualifying” offers to Swisher, Kuroda and Martin?

  33. jacksquat October 6th, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Chipper coming back to play for the Yankees would be great fun watching the Braves fans flip out. :)

    Very unlikely though.

  34. blake October 6th, 2012 at 10:36 am

    I’d love to have Chipper cause he can still hit. But I really think he’s done and even if he did change his mind I think he’d only play for the braves. Also wouldn’t mind at all them taking a 1 year shot on Melky but I just can’t see them don’t that

  35. blake October 6th, 2012 at 10:38 am

    I would bring back Swisher for anything in 3/45 range, beyond that in $ or years I let him walk.”

    Yea I’d sign up for that

  36. 86w183 October 6th, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Yes the Braves’ fans would freak, but so what? He’s a perfect fit for the Yanks and the combo role lets him pursue what he needs (275 hits, 32 HR) for those historic milestones.

    I have a good friend who is good friends with Chipper and is not convinced it’s out of the question….. but it is very unlikely.

  37. blake October 6th, 2012 at 10:40 am

    I posed this question yesterday but would anybody consider taking Cervelli over Stewie simply because he’s a better hitter and they really don’t have any decent RH pinch hitters other than Nunez?

    Martin is going to catch every inning anyway and if he was to get hurt then you could make a roster move to replace him

  38. blake October 6th, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Chipper at DH and back up 3B would be awesome but i just can’t see it…..we will see…u never know

  39. yankee21 October 6th, 2012 at 10:43 am

    My greatest fear is that the Yankees trade away Nunez and Cervelli at discount rates to do another patch job….

    Considering NY starting SS is going to be 39 next June and NY has nobody in the top rungs of their farm system capable or projecting to take over at SS, then moving Nunez and not getting a SS in some trade in the off-season would be a real problem for me.

  40. 86w183 October 6th, 2012 at 10:45 am

    I’m fine with the backup catcher switch.

    Cervelli also runs great for a catcher… far better than Stewart there, too.

    Beats the hell out of having Andruw Jones on the $%&^*ing roster. The guy hit .143 in August and .139 in September. It is beyond inane to have him on the roster over ANYONE

  41. EA October 6th, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Kuroda gave up a 3-R HR in the 1st inning against the O’s at the stadium last month, but then shut them down, pitching into the 9th before he gave up a solo HR. His final line was 8.1 IP, 8 H, 4 ER. Early in the season, he went 7 IP, 1 R against them at the stadium too

    Andy hasn’t pitched against them this year

    Hughes has been hit or miss against them – 5.2 IP, 4 R; 6 IP, 1 R; 5 IP, 5 R; 6 IP, 3 R (2 ER)

    CC ironically has been their worst pitcher against the O’s this year! In 3 games, he has given up 4, 4, and 5 runs, with all 3 games @ Camden Yards.

  42. Bo knows October 6th, 2012 at 10:46 am

    The thing is the order of the decisions will be crucial. What’s first, Mariano’s decision? Soriano’s opt out? Picking up/declining options? Making or not making “qualifying” offers to Swisher, Kuroda and Martin?

    —————-
    The Yankees don’t have time to ponder their decisions if they want to be relevant. It’s the changing of the guard as in Baltimore and Toronto and Tampa right there. The Yankees don’t want to join Boston in the also ran column. Duquette and Dombrowski used to change personnel with the Expos on the fly. Take a look at what Duquette has done in one year and his past history.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....index.html

  43. blake October 6th, 2012 at 10:48 am

    I honestly don think it makes a ton of difference now whether they throw Kuroda or Andy in game 2 against the Os.

  44. 86w183 October 6th, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I would imagine the utility IF guys next year will be Nix or perhaps Scutaro or Keppinger.

    Nunez is more likely to be part of a trade package to get that much desired younger OF bat.

  45. blake October 6th, 2012 at 10:54 am

    I think Nunez could be traded but he would certainly have bad more value if he had caught the ball a little better in September

  46. blake October 6th, 2012 at 10:55 am

    But he can swing the bat and its so hard to find a SS that can hit at all these days that I do think Teams would have interest in nunie

  47. yanks 27 October 6th, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Kernan referred to Miguel Gonzalez as a “Yankee killer” in his column today

    That’s funny considering Gonzalez has only started two games against the Yanks and gave up 4 runs in one of them

  48. 86w183 October 6th, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Either way someone needs to send Nunez to defense camp…. work with him at 3B, SS, 2B, LF and figure out which one he should focus on. Defense doesn’t come naturally to him, so a utility role really makes no sense.

    The best utility guys are just natural fielders (Miguel Cairo) who you can put anywhere on the field without giving it a second thought.

  49. blake October 6th, 2012 at 10:58 am

    So not to look past the Os…..but would we rather play the Tigers or As in a 7 game ALCS? Obviously the Tigers have Verlander and Miggy and Prince…..but Velander’s impact would be more diminished in a 7 game vs a 5 game and Scherzer is a question right now.

    I think the Tigers are a somewhat top heavy team right now….they have three awesome players…..but the rest of the roster is sorta mediocre…..Oakland is just solid all the through….that’ll be an interesting series

  50. blake October 6th, 2012 at 11:06 am

    I think Nunez’s most value is trying to make him an acceptable defender at SS…..he’s got the tools he just can’t seem to put them all together and it’s almost all footwork related…..he has the arm strength and the quickness….the footwork part just doesn’t seem to come natural for him…..

  51. blake October 6th, 2012 at 11:07 am

    I think Nunez should go on dancing with the Stars

  52. moctezuma October 6th, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Dancing will solve all his problems

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