Originally written on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 7/30/12
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After 11 1/2 seasons in Seattle, Ichiro Suzuki has left the only baseball club he's known since coming over to the U.S. from Japan. Suzuki had been apparently been requesting a trade from the last-place Mariners for several weeks now. He got his wish granted when the New York Yankees traded two minor league pitchers to Seattle in exchange for him. The trade was extremely convenient for Ichiro and the Yankees, as it occurred only a few hours before a three game series started between the Yankees and Mariners in Seattle. It's almost as if New York came to pick up Ichiro from his old team and rub the noses of Seattle fans in it. Ichiro switched his jersey, his number, and his dugout but he still played his first game as an enemy in the place that made him a sports icon in America. The fact is, had Seattle traded Ichiro to about any other team than the Yankees it would have been an easier pill to swallow. The Yankees have been hated by Mariners fans since their first playoff series a...
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