Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 7/24/12
Honoring a legend With news today of the Seattle Mariners trading Ichiro Suzuki to the Yankees, a historical era has come to an end. Say what you will about Ichiro, about the trade, and about the Mariners over that time. You can’t take away from the fact that Ichiro did more for this franchise than almost any other player in team history. And despite the way it ended, Ichiro’s place in the Hall of Fame is already solidified. Let me explain. Here’s 4 reasons why you have to love Ichiro’s tenure in a Mariners uniform. He was our rebound superstar With the Seattle fan base up in arms about the loss of Alex Rodriguez, Ichiro came in and became the city’s knight in shining armor. Fans were feeling angry, dejected, lied to, and sad about how A-Rod up and left Seattle for the prospect of making a lot more money on a terrible team. He chased the money, leaving Seattle in 2000, paving the way for Ichiro to come to town. Ichiro’s arrival in 2001 immediately made fans forget Alex Rodriguez....
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