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Sunday, May 20, 2018

But Did He Argue in Japanese or English?

Imagine my surprise to see the headline Saturday that Ichiro Suzuki had been ejected from his game against the Blue Jays for arguing balls and strikes. Let’s think about this for a second. Ichiro doesn’t do interviews in English — he has a translator with him. So how did he argue with the umpire to the point that he was ejected? Did he use subtitles? Body language? Throw out a few choice cuss words? The AP says he used his actions to show his dismay, drawing a line with his bat to show that the pitch was outside. Well that definitely makes a lot more sense. Could you really picture a calm, humble athlete like Ichiro getting run for arguing a call? It just doesn’t seem like his style. Maybe he sounded like this:

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