Ichiro receives a warm Seattle sendoff

Ichiro Suzuki was acknowledged by the crowd at Safeco Field before what may prove to be his final game in the city of Seattle. The Mariners played a brief tribute to the local icon before he led off Wednesday’s game for the Yankees, with the phrase, “Ichiro, thanks for the thrills,” on the scoreboard in center field.

As he did on Monday, Ichiro doffed his batting helmet and bowed to the crowd before stepping in, grounding out to second baseman Dustin Ackley. Ichiro will not travel with the Yankees back to New York on Wednesday, as he’ll remain in Seattle for an extra day to tie up loose ends and figure out how to pack for two months (or more) in the Big Apple.

Ichiro will join his new club in time for Friday’s series opener with the Red Sox, something he said he’s excited about.

“Obviously I’ve only been there on the visitor’s side, but as a visiting player, you get a lot of the fans heckling you a little bit,” Ichiro said. “And I actually kind of enjoyed that. I enjoyed that with the fans. Now that I’m on the home side, I’m not sure what to expect, what the reaction will be like.”

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