Ichiro is getting comfortable with the Yankees

The Mariners are in town to open a weekend series with the Yankees tonight, and no one should expect Ichiro Suzuki to look longingly into the visiting dugout. This was the change of scenery he wanted and needed, so Ichiro should be quite happy when he slips on his pinstripes for tonight’s game.

“When I come to the ballpark, it does feel like home now,” Ichiro said on Wednesday. “I haven’t found a place to live yet. I’m just in a hotel, so that might take a little bit. But definitely here, I feel a little bit more at home.”

From personal experience, I’d say good luck with that apartment hunting, Ichiro — although I’d imagine he isn’t looking at many fourth-floor walkups. But forget those midtown penthouses he’s dabbling with; the Yankees are more concerned with how Ichiro adapts to left field.

He made his first appearance there on Wednesday and the Yankees were impressed with the results; outfield coach Rob Thomson gushed that it was “amazing” how quickly Ichiro seemed to pick up the nuances of the position when he wandered out there for the first time during batting practice.

“Left field being a bigger position, the field is bigger out there, so obviously you can use your range,” Ichiro said. “That kind of brings a little bit of excitement to me, to be able to cover more ground. Obviously it’s not right field. If it were right field, and it’s a big stadium, I’m a little more comfortable. I just have to get used to it in the games and just get adjusted.”

The only other time Ichiro had played left field was in Game 5 of the 2001 ALCS, when Mariners manager Lou Piniella wanted to make room for Jay Buhner in right field and shifted Ichiro to left. It didn’t work out: the Yankees beat Seattle, 12-3, to advance to the World Series.

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Hey Yankees fans (and I am one of them) get used to the Yankees signing older reject players… the Steinies have Cashman’s hands tied and with no money to pay for the good players, Cashman can only hope to develop the youngsters and add old declining veterans. SO GET USED TO IT! And dont believe those rumors that the Yankees are working on signing Cano and Granderson. That is a joke! What will they be paying them with, promises? Both Cano and Granderson will demand over $20 million a year. Add that to ARod, Tex, CC and Jeter and that is about $120 million for 6 players! AND THEY WANT THE BUDGET TO $184 Million by 2014? HOW? It is all talk but you watch… both Granderson and Cano will sign elsewhere and get the big bucks! Think about it… if they do miraculously sign Cano and Granderson, what type of a team can they field with $120 million in 6 players and a team of 19 BOZOS splitting the remaining $64 million ($184 million maxium according to Hal, remember?) That means they will pay approximately $3 million per player (not including the coaches and manager) for the other 19 players.. WHAT DO YOU GET FOR $3 million? Chris Stewart, Derek Lowe, Freddy Garcia, Andruw Jones, Raul Ibanez… old or mediocre players at best or a team full of rookies! Neither will win championships! The days of signing the superstar and winning championships is LONG OVER! King George wanted to win every year and did whatever it took. Hal Steinie runs the team like a business, to make money without caring about championships (though in public he says he wants to win them – what a joke!). Hal Steinie is setting the Yankees up for a sale in a few years.. once the payroll is down to $184 million he will sell with a nice balance sheet of profit…. but also watch that the Yankees may not be as profitable going forward… because an old, over the hill team that’s only as good as third place… wont sell seats! Average Joe will not pay hundreds of dollars to watch a third place team. Their only hope is that those rich Republican businessmen who now pay $2500 a game for the best box seats will continue to do so when the team is mediocre. Keep watching the disfunctional Boston Blow Sox play baseball… because thats what we Yankee fans can look forward to in the next few years! A MEDIOCRE team with a MORON as a manager. Anyone can win with a good team, watch how Joe Retardi manages a team of bozos and old fogies… it will be like the early 1970′s teams with Ralph Houk managing… old worthless players and untested rookies… a piss-poor team!

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