BC: The End
FC: Ichiro Project By: Liam Burke
1: At the age of 3, Ichiro's father began teaching him about baseball. He developed quickly, and throughout his young years, he was one of the best players in his town. At the age of 18, he got the chance to play pro ball in Japan. Over the course of his Japanese career, he dominated opposing pitchers. From 1996-2000, Ichiro won 5 batting awards and the Pacific Leauge MVP. He believed that he then deseerved the chance to play in the United States.
3: In 2001, Ichiro received his opportunity. The Seattle Mariners purchased his contract from the Orix Blue and he became the starting | right fielder. He fit right into the leadoff spot and hit over .400 in the first month and played terrific defense. Although, scouts still questioned that he could keep this up. WRONG...he thrilled baseball fans around the world and lead his team to tie for the most wins ever in a season. He lead his team to the playoffs, and did it in tremendous fashion, making the all-star team.
5: Ichiro and the Mariners took on the Indians first, and rolled on to victory, lead by Ichiro. Although, | the ALCS would not be easy, as the defending- champion Yankees were the next team to face. It came down to the wire, | but unfortunately, Ichiro and his teammates were slumping. They ended up losing in a valiant fight to the finish.
7: Ichiro's season, however, was not finished. He was chosen and won the MVP award, Rookie of the Year award, a Batting Title, and a Gold Glove. He became the first player ever to win an MVP and Rookie of the Year award in the same season. Ichiro, on the other hand, believed he wasn't a "rookie", but accepted that he was new to Major League Baseball.