Those are some fly moves, Reachiro.
Ichiro Suzuki apparently felt like breakdancing on Monday night, and he showed off the most agile of moves to elude the tag of Matt Wieters at home plate. Ichiro's athleticism and creativity helped give the New York Yankees a 1-0 lead in the first inning of Game 2 of the ALDS.
Though New York would go on to lose the game 3-2 to the Baltimore Orioles, Ichiro's play still proved to be a memorable one. With two outs and Suzuki on first base, Robinson Cano lined a double into the right-field corner. Third-base coach Rob Thomson waved Ichiro around third but the relay — coming from outfielder Chris Davis, to infielder Robert Andino, to Wieters — was executed quickly. Ichiro would have been out by 20 feet had he given up.
But he did not give up.
"It's not something you can practice," Ichiro [told reporters] through a translator. "It's instinct, how you feel at that time. It's not always the speed that gets you in there." [...]
"Look at the size of me and the size of the catcher. I'd probably have to have some kind of weapon."
What's really impressive about the play is that Ichiro had the presence of mind to tag the plate with his right arm instead of the left. Had he gone with his left — which was actually closer to the plate — it likely would have collided with Wieters' mitt for the out.
Instead, Ichiro pulled off the last in a series of sweet Matrix-type moves to get his team on the board. It was a lot like 1993, when a young Greg Maddux pulled off a similar set of moves to score a run against the Pittsburgh Pirates. (Watch that incredible slide here.)
Anyone else feel like breakdancing?
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