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Case No. 5, Ichiro Suzuki
Page 2 staff
|After we opened another case for The Berman Files, Page 2 readers flooded us with more than 3,500 letters suggesting nicknames for Seattle Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki. Each week on Page 2, we'll pinpoint an athlete in need of a moniker. We'll then take the best suggestions from our readers and run a poll to officially crown the best nickname.
Alex and the Texas Rangers can eat their hearts out since we got Ichi!
Ichiro Suzuki Swift
Like the efficient Suzuki Swift automobile, Ichiro is small, but well-built. He is fast... and with his batting average hovering above .350, the Mariners are getting great mileage with Ichiro.
The Seven Year Ichiro
Seven years of ball in Japan, seven batting titles, seven Gold Gloves ...
Kind of a play on the A-Rod thing. Ahh, sweet redemption.
New York, NY
Seattle Mariners have a knack of picking nicknames that stick. "Junior" for Griffey, "Big Unit" for Randy Johnson, "A-Rod" for Alex, "Bone" for Jay Buhner, "Little O" for Omar Vasquez, "Gump" for Russ Davis and of course "The Edgar" for Edgar. Some of these players have come and gone from Seattle, but the nicknames have stuck.
Ichiro my dust
New Enterprise, Pa.
In homage to "The Simpsons" and descriptive of his beard.
The best nickname I have heard for our new local favorite. He leaves opposing teams scratching their heads trying to think of ways to slow him down.
The Foreign Phenom
The Incredible Import
Ichiro is the best thing to come to America from Japan since Nintendo.
Huntington Beach, Calif.
The Orient Express
He is fast and his popularity is rolling like a steam train.
Fairfield, Conn. He has steamrolled through a league filled with inflated egos and salaries.
X in a row Ichiro
Fill in the X with the number of consecutive games with a hit. You just know he is going to break that record eventually.
The M's Rising 'Son'
He has more than filled the shoes of a former Mariner goldenboy, and has the star power to prove it.
The player formerly known as "rookie"
Why: Rookie? You've got to be kidding me. He's won seven batting championships in Japan and he's a rookie just because he crossed an ocean? Right. Since when does playing in a hemisphere make you a rookie?
The Beast from the Far East
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