Don’t worry. If you clicked on this post, you won’t be disappointed. In fact, the headline probably undersold it a bit and I won’t beat around the bush.
Sit back and watch as the world’s hit king, Ichiro Suzuki, strikes out 17 batters on an All-Star team of high school girls back in Japan, because why not?
Suzuki is 48 years old, but was still topping out at 84 MPH on his fastball and threw 147 pitches!
He did let one go and hit a batter, however (then again, it’s pretty much an honor to be hit by a pitch thrown by Ichiro, right?)
Ichiro says: "Get off my Plate!!" pic.twitter.com/2WGq9OYRNc
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) December 18, 2021
Uncharacteristically, Ichiro went 0-3 at the plate, but, hey … He’s a pitcher now! What do we expect?
“I used to pitch in high school. I did pitch in an All-Star Game in Japan. But to be on the mound at a Major League Baseball game, you can say one of my dreams came true today. But I’ll never ask to do that again.”
This isn’t the first time he visited a high school this offseason, either. But last time he was showing off at the plate, not on the mound:
Ichiro Was Dropping Bombs (and Jaws) at Surprise Visit to a High Schoolhttps://t.co/bB6xiXNkgo
— Baseball is Fun (@flippingbats) December 1, 2021