Ichiro, though, is on another level entirely. He's a master of his craft; no one else in baseball can maneuver the ball around the field the way Ichiro can. But honestly, that isn't really why I like him so much. No, the reason I like Ichiro so much (and the reason I so hoped he would end up a member of the Cardinals some day), is because of the quotes he generates.
In a recent New York Times article, Ichiro trotted out this gem, about why he believes infield singles are sexier than home runs:
"Chicks who dig home runs aren't the ones who appeal to me," he said. "I think there's sexiness in infield hits because they require technique. I'd rather impress the chicks with my technique than with my brute strength. Then, every now and then, just to show I can do that, too, I might flirt a little by hitting one out."
I mean, seriously. That's just awesome. Is there any other player in baseball who would say something like that? I submit to you there isn't.
And that, my friends, is why I love Ichiro Suzuki so much.