Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 7/23/12
The force is with Ichiro On Sunday after noon at Tropicana Field, the Mariners were not the only out of state visitors in the Tampa Bay area. It was also Star Wars day at the Trop, and Ichiro took full advantage of this to make an out of this world catch in the bottom of the first. Defense is about the only thing that Ichiro can still do well at the ripe old age of 38, but, if we’re going to justify his huge contract, this video may do it justice. The Mariners had arguably their best road week of the year so far, and with a little help from Ichiro, and the magnificent outing by Blake Beavan, the M’s are coming home with a 5-2 record. Not taking anything away from Beavan, but this double saving grab honestly could’ve been the difference maker, seeing how poorly the bats were producing in Florida over the weekend. The pitch Blake Beavan was facing the ever dangerous Carlos Pena in the first, and started him off with a 90 mph fastball right at the knees over the middle of the plate....
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