Ichiro made his Cactus League debut Sunday and there were so many emotions
Ichiro Suzuki made his Cactus League debut Sunday for the first time since being back in a Mariners uniform. The M's were taking on the Reds at Peoria Stadium, and despite a rather quiet spring thus far, having Ichiro back in a Seattle uniform changed things up a bit.
"ICH-I-RO, ICH-I-RO" chants were heard as he approached the plate for his first at-bat of the day:
Nice ovation for Ichiro in his first AB pic.twitter.com/xJ7fyhoV4h- Lookout Landing (@LookoutLanding) March 11, 2018
"It was quiet, but we just got Ichiro, so it kind of livened up a bit here," Taylor Motter told Root Sports in an interview.
To start things off, the 10-time All-Star took a ride in a golf cart into the dugout, because he can do that:
Forget bullpen carts, Ichiro just took a golf cart to the dugout to a rousing set of applause.. I guess when you're 44...- C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) March 11, 2018
And he wasn't the only one to notice the energy that was reintroduced to the baseball world. Felix Hernandez and Robinson Cano seemed to be filled with glee as the team warmed up for the game:
We were also a bit emotional for the return of Ichiro:
So beautiful. Brings a tear to the eye. pic.twitter.com/FXwcQC6tw4- Cut4 (@Cut4) March 11, 2018
He looked the part:
It's real, and it's happening. Ichiro is back!