In other news involving Asians in New York sports, ten-time all-star Ichiro Suzuki has been traded to the New York Yankees after 11 seasons with the Seattle Mariners.
He’s still around?
Much to people’s surprises, yes he is, and now he will be playing on the biggest stage in the world. People argue that at 38 years old, he is past his prime, but when you look at the potent lineup that Yankees have, all they need is a situational role player, and that is more than what Ichiro can bring. He’s trying to make his last push at winning a World Series ring and being a Yankee gives him an opportunity to do so.
Of course, you might be wondering, could he “replace” Jeremy Lin as the next Asian sensation to hit the big apple? There’s no doubt Ichiro will re-energize Asian baseball fans since the departure of beloved Hideki Matsui (they actually currently have Japenese-born pitcher Hiroki Kuroda right now, but he’s not as obvious a name as Ichiro or Matsui) . When people here the name “Ichiro” in a New York Yankees uniform, it’s hard not to associate him with an abundance of business opportunities and a rebirth in NYC’s Asian faith in New York sports.
As for replacing Lin, we need to wait a couple months to see how effective truly can be with the Yankees. If he can contribute to New York winning a 28th title this year, it might be a little easier to forget about Jeremy.
– Thomas Tsang