Originally written on IT IS HIGH, IT IS FAR, IT IS caught  |  Last updated 8/14/12
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Ichiro Suzuki has now played 19 games for Bronx Bruises. He appeareth unto us batting .261 - 70 points below his career average. We in the Yankiverse yearned to believe that Gotham would envigorate him - transform him into the player he was five years ago. Thus far, the bump is four points. As a Yankee, he's hitting .265.That's OK. He's batting ninth. Three days ago, Ichiro drew his first base on balls as a Yankee. Frankly, that's more distressing, because I think we all hoped he would adopt a new grinder mentality - take more pitches and get on base. It seems at times that he seeks a walk, but on that 3-ball count, he slaps the inevitable grounder.Last night, Ichiro did some little things that helped win the game. He laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt in the critical third inning, when Ryan Dempster fell apart. (And every Yankee fan in creation silently said, "Ahh, Texas, you traded prospects for an unhittable NL pitcher, thinking you just wrapped up the pennant; we know exactly ho...
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