Seattle Mariners are celebrating Ichiro Suzuki all weekend long as he’s being inducted in the Mariner Hall of Fame and seeing his #51 immortalized. The celebrations began Friday and go through Sunday. To start things off, Iris “Ichiro Girl” Suzuki returned to throw out the first pitch to none other than Ichiro himself.
Several took to the comment threads because they did not know who Iris Skinner is and why she was throwing out the first pitch. But some did remember her and her story.
Skinner’s story actually dates back over 12 years ago. Back on July 8, 2010 in a game against the New York Yankees, Suzuki was chasing down a fly ball when it tailed foul, he made an attempt to catch it but it ended up out of reach and he instead connected with a younger Skinner.
Skinner could not believe what just happened and immediately freaked out with excitement for what seems to be several minutes.
Flash forward to the present day and she’s getting to throw out the first pitch of one of the games for Ichiro Weekend.
This is just the start of Ichiro weekend and more celebrations are to come.
Suzuki will become the 10th Mariner to join the teams Hall of Fame joining Alvin Davis, Dave Niehaus, Jay Buhner, Edgar Martinez, Randy Johnson, Dan Wilson, Ken Griffey Jr., Lou Piniella and Jamie Moyer.
Ichiro Suzuki played 19 seasons (14 in Seattle). He finished his career with a .310 batting average, 3,089 hits, 1420 runs, 870 RBI, and 509 stolen bases. Suzuki finished his career as a ten-time All-Star & Gold Glove winner, three-time Silver Slugger, and 2001 Rookie of the Year & MVP award winner. He also earned two batting titles and an All-Star MVP.