July 16, 2009

Apparently Ichiro is going to mess with Jason Bay's house

This was taken from Red Sox star Jason Bay's blog about his experience at the 2009 All-Star game on WEEI:

I run back in from the field to get sunglasses. Locker room completely empty except Ichiro stretching on the floor and his translator sitting on the chair beside him. Sow we make small talk, and I ask him where he lives in Seattle because I lived in the suburbs.

Well, I had barely got the last word out when Ichiro says something in Japanse. Then his translator turns to me, deadpanned and straight-faced and says, “I’m going to mess with your house.” The way he said it was malicious, and Ichiro is on the floor dying laughing like it was the funniest thing ever. I was just like, “OK, I’ll see you guys out there.” I didn’t know what to say. It was weird.

I'm sure something was lost in the translation, but that combined with the footage of Ichiro beaming like a school girl when Barack Obama was signing a baseball for him - makes me think he's a bit of a strange dude. I'm not faulting him for it though. In fact, now I'm fascinated by it.

What would it be like hanging out with Ichiro in the clubhouse?

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