2007 All-Star Game
Ichiro Suzuki left his footprint in history at the 2007 MLB All-Star Game in San Francisco’s AT&T Park on Tuesday w/ an amazing 3 for 3 performance. Ichiro was the first man to bat in the 2007 Game and promptly cracked a grounder up the middle for his first hit of the day. In the fourth he followed that up with a smash that looked to be out of the park, but landed only 18 feet up the 20-foot wall in right. Ken Griffey Jr. having never played right field at AT&T Park misplayed the carom off the wall, resulting in Ichiro showcasing his fantastic speed around the bases and scoring the first ever “Inside The Park Home Run” in All-Star Game history. The homer put the American League up for the first time and they would maintain that lead for the rest of the game.
Suzuki who was signed by Oakley to wear his own signature sunglasses in September of 2001, batted one more time and delivered another base hit. Along with his amazing play at the plate, Ichiro is considered by most to be one of the best outfielders in all of baseball. His first step on balls hit into the outfield brings back memories of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson and his innate ability to know where a ball will be hit before it leaves the infield. From my seats in the centerfield bleachers I had a front row seat to watch Ichiro play his famed position. During practice he put on a clinic with behind the back catches at the warning track to his laser throws into the infield. Suzuki was sporting his new signature series sunglasses with a gold frame.