I’d dreamed about it for years. The “Summer of Doug”. While it wasn’t a full summer, it was an Aug that ended with a week of ballgames, Broadway, and 10 lbs.
What can happen over 3 years? A surprising amount of travel, a Super Bowl parade, and a World Series. And that was just the start.
You could argue that without Ichiro Suzuki, the World Baseball Classic would not exist. Which is why it’s the perfect place for Ichiro’s swan song.
There’s only one rivalry that matters in baseball, and that’s the Red Sox/Yankees.
It would have been easy to confuse him with someone out of the clubhouse or the bullpen, but he was there celebrating with the team, even as the organization tries so hard to ignore that he’s there. A-Rod is officially persona non grata in New York.
I know it’s not a “sexy” story. This wasn’t a cool October evening that decided a World Series title. But, it was my story.