LADY AT THE BAT: Ichiro: It's Hargrove or Me

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Ichiro: It's Hargrove or Me

Ichiro Suzuki has definitely been flying high lately. Last night, he hit the first-ever inside-the-park home run in All-Star Game history, going 3-3 and being named MVP in the process. Shortly before that, word came that the Mariners are set to give him a 5-year extension. Before that, of course, Mike Hargrove resigned as his manager.

Coincidence? I think not.

The rumors about Ichiro disliking Hargrove are well-known, and I think Hargrove was the one thing that stood between Ichiro and re-upping with Seattle. Either he goes or I go, the Mariners star probably said. Hargrove went, and a short while later, Ichiro was getting his extension, which, I'm sure, made him very happy. He was so happy about it that he had an MVP All-Star Game.

Ichiro Suzuki: Not quite like an NBA star, but a prima donna all the same.

The Lady

[Photo: Kevork Djansezian/AP]

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