I would like to say “thank you” to my great hero, Ichiro Suzuki. As a baseball player he is known not only in Japan but also all over the world.

When Ichiro recently hung up his spikes for the Seattle Mariners, he was the oldest player in Major League Baseball. Therefore, I had to some extent been prepared for his retirement. However, I felt loneliness when he actually retired. I will never see my longtime hero play again. When I was watching the news conference on TV with my family, I was on the brink of crying, trying desperately to keep the tears from falling.

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