Wednesday/ Ichiromania in Tokyo

Japanese TV channel NHK's map of the USA with the Japanese players on the roster for the 2012 Major League Baseball season. Looks like there is a total of 16, and 3 for the Seattle Mariners.

From the New York Times : ‘The Seattle Mariners rode a wave of Ichiromania in Tokyo to beat the Oakland Athletics in extra innings Wednesday in the opening game of the Major League Baseball season’. 

Attendance at the Tokyo Dome was an overflowing 44,227 (officially 126% full), so it was great that Ichiro Suzuki gave his fans in Japan a performance to cheer about. He had four hits, Dustin Ackley a home run and a single in the go-ahead run in the 11th inning, which had the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 3-1 on Wednesday night’s season opener.

There is a second game Thursday night in Tokyo.  Major League Baseball and the players’ association are using the series to assist rebuilding in Japan following last year’s earthquake and tsunami. On Tuesday some players and coaches traveled to the disaster area to conduct a baseball clinic.

The three Japanese players on the Seattle Mariners 2012 team are Ichiro Suzuki, Kawasaki Munenori, Iwakuma Hisashi (nickname Kuma, Japanese for 'bear')

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