Ichiro sealed a Marlins win with a tumbling 5-star catch, continuing to defy science and age
We're all going to miss
His latest came in the Marlins' 10-6 win over the Rays on Wednesday night, and it flashed back to his younger days when his high-flying outfield robbery helped make him the living legend he is today. The unwilling beneficiary of this was Steven Souza, Jr., who was vying for a two-out bloop hit down the right-field line in the ninth inning, and received this instead:
According to Statcast™, Suzuki ran 107 feet in 5.3 seconds at a sprint speed of 28.5 feet per second. That's fast. That's even more impressive when you remember that Ichiro is 43 years old (or 43 years young, really, in his case).
For comparison's sake, Ichiro's play was on par with that of Twins' outfielder
He's got the key to the Fountain of Youth, there's just no other way to explain it. Marlins manager Don Mattingly tried, postgame, to explain it to MLB.com's J. Scott Butherus:
"The play down the line was typical Ich. He makes it look easy and graceful and that whole thing. He's fun to watch."
Donnie Baseball's right. It is fun to watch, every single time.