Seattle outfielder Ichiro Suzuki doesn’t speak English — he routinely uses a translator when dealing with the media.
But that impairment has never stopped him from delivering dynamite quotes to whomever was listening, and after his team was blown out by the Yankees, he came up with another slice of insight last night.
“Playing on this team and seeing what is happening around me, I feel that something is beginning to fall apart,” Ichiro said, through a translator. “But, if I was not in this situation, and I was objectively watching what just happened this week, I would probably be drinking a lot of beers and booing.”
Ichiro wouldn’t say what exactly is falling apart, but invited reporters to draw their own conclusions. He’s not happy with what’s gone on here. Nobody is. But some guys are contributing more than others.
Ichiro proves that he, in fact, has turned a very objective eye to how horrible this team has been of late. They have the worst record in the AL, having lost four straight and three of their last ten. We can only hope that this team continues to underperform, because that’s when Ichiro seems to be on top of his game.