Ichiro Suzuki Thanks Nintendo

After 11 seasons with the Nintendo-owned Seattle Mariners, Ichiro Suzuki was traded today to the New York Yankees.

During his Japanese language press conference, Suzuki expressed his gratitude to fans and to the video game maker. Suzuki specifically thanked former Nintendo honcho Hiroshi Yamauchi and current Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata as well as the CEO of Nintendo America. In the early 1990s, Nintendo purchased the Mariners -- a controversial move at the time because the idea of foreign company owning a major league team upset many baseball fans.

Suzuki requested that he be traded because he felt that he was no longer of use for a young team like the Mariners.

"Thinking of leaving a team you've played so long for is sad, and extremely difficult," Suzuki said at a press conference today (via the Mainchi Daily News). "During the All-Star break, I had time to think things over. I decided there was no need for me on a team being built around players in their early 20s."

"Personally, I felt I might be better off in new surroundings."

Tonight, Ichiro took the field in a Yankee's uniform, bowing to the fans and slapping a base hit up the middle. There's no better way to say "thanks" than that.

Ichiro Says Farewell to Seattle [MLB]

(Top photo: Elaine Thompson | AP)

Comments

    Ichiro should have been in Super Smash Bros Brawl.

    This is why I hate the Yankees, they can buy out any player in the MLB, there needs to be a serious Salary Cap, and maybe a slight increase for some (While still keeping the Salary Cap in place). The fact there isn't one already is just retarded, I mean seriously money is pretty much the only reason the Yankees go to the Play-offs almost every year.
    But, seriously wow, I had no idea Nintendo actually own a Major League Baseball team.

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