Ichiro Suzuki bounced around left field in Yankee Stadium during batting practice, getting a sense of how the ball travels in his new home ballpark and getting a look at the view from what will be his new position.
Suzuki was set to make his debut in pinstripes on Friday night when the New York Yankees played the Boston Red Sox for the first time this season in the Bronx.
Having played in New York dozens of times, Suzuki knows it will take some work to fully win over the fans.
''As a visitor you come in here, a lot of fans in the stands are tough on the players,'' Suzuki said through a translator. ''Right now I'm wearing the pinstripes. When I go out there, hopefully those fans will be on my side. But obviously I need to do well ... so they will be on my side.''
The familiar cry of ''Ichiiiiiro!'' rang out once in a near empty stadium when the 10-time All-Star took the field for early batting practice with a small group of his new teammates. He received a warm ovation when the l...