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The Battle for Grass Creek resumes

MLB: Seattle Mariners at Kansas City Royals Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Ichiro Suzuki is like a billion years old in baseball years (he’s 44 and will turn 45 before the World Series concludes). In his first dozen seasons as a player for Major League Baseball, he played for the Seattle Mariners, doing things that boggle the mind and confuse the senses. Seriously: in one decade, Ichiro accrued 2244 hits, which should be impossible. Ichiro is one of those generational players that is impossible to dislike.

And Kansas City holds a special place in Ichiro’s heart, apparently:

Two rats. August. Checks out.

Anyway, the Mariners traded Ichiro to the New York Yankees in 2012 and everyone assumed that, welp, that was it for Ichiro in Seattle. He signed with the Miami Marlins in 2015 and played three years there.

But in 2018, the stars aligned for Ichiro to return to the Mariners and it’s GLORIOUS. Glorious, I tell you. Ichiro deserves every dang ounce of love that comes from this reunion tour, what might be his very last season in the big leagues.

Ichiro isn’t playing today, but that doesn’t matter. Spending 150 words on Ichiro is too little an honor to pay the True Hit King for all his services to baseball, even if he’s a servant of the enemy in the ongoing Battle for Grass Creek.

I’m still not sure how the Royals have won three games this year, but it is what it is. Danny Duffy will pitch to Cam Gallagher for the first time this year, so hopefully that works better for him.