Monday, April 20, 2009

Pete Rose has a soul mate

It appears Pete Rose isn't the only all-time hits leader who likes to sell off his memorabilia at auctions. Japan's Ichiro Suzuki, currently of the Seattle Mariners, has decided to have a sale also:

The Japanese sports maker Mizuno Corp., under an advisory contract with the Seattle Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki, put on sale April 17 Ichiro sports goods to commemorate the 3,086 career-hits record he reached by breaking Isao Harimoto's record in Japan for most career hits.
Obviously, it's his stuff and he can do what he wants with it. But somehow Ichiro always came across as an honorable and nice person, not someone like Pete Rose. But you have to wonder. Baseball personality-wise, the two are very similar. Driven to play the game, and succeed at it. Very competitive guys who want to win, but don't mind piling up the stats while they do it. They even play the same style of game, in my opinion.

But personality-wise outside the game, Ichiro seems to be the like the guy you wouldn't mind having over to the house for a Sunday afternoon BBQ, while Pete Rose is the kind of guy you would end up hitting, if you had to sit next to him at the bar.

Pete Rose had what should have been a Hall of Fame career. Ichiro is having the same kind of career. Now they're both e-Bay hounds. Lets hope the similarities end there.


tHeMARksMiTh said...

I always got the opposite impression about Ichiro. So many reports over the past few years label Ichiro as a primadonna of sorts. I have no idea if this is true, but that's what it seems to me.

Ron Rollins said...

That was actually the point I was trying to make. That him and Rose are alike throughout their playing career, but I hope Ichiro will be better afterwards.

Guess I need to spend some more time on the posts. I was trying to get it done at work.