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Regarding the July 25 front-page Kyodo article “Mariners deal Ichiro to Yankees“: A player of firsts in a sport of records, Ichiro Suzuki elicits exaltation. It’s a testament to this man’s grace that he, in a matter of hours, took the field that had been his home for 11 years (Seattle Mariners’ stadium) in a New York Yankees’ uniform — a hero who offered a chance for fans to bid him farewell and, as it turns out, a chance to wish him well.

He was how I distinguished my home state of Washington from Washington D.C., when people asked where I was from. An outstretched arm with a tug on the shoulder sleeve did it. Maybe I’ve lost my place mark, but Ichiro remains first in our hearts.

The opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are the writer’s own and do not necessarily reflect the policies of The Japan Times.

patrice pendell

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