I know this is a translation, but this quote from Ichiro regarding Daisuke Matsuzaka is worth a mention:
"I hope he arouses the fire that’s dormant in the innermost recesses of my soul."
That is a strange thing to say in any language. At any rate, it doesn’t sound like playing for the Mariners excites him.
Wednesday’s Mariners-Red Sox game is shaping up to be a classic. Matsuzaka vs. Felix Hernandez at Fenway, plus the Ichiro angle.