But will you still love a man out of time?
- Elvis Costello
When I sat down to write about Ichiro Suzuki, I thought of him as a player who's stuck in the wrong time. As a player who, if he'd been born a century earlier, might have ranked as not only a great player, but as one of the greatest players. After all, Ichiro hits safely at a tremendous clip, he terrorizes opposing batteries with his speed, and he plays wonderfully in the outfield. Those qualities are reminiscent of dare I say it? the heretofore incomparable Ty Cobb.
Here's what Cobb said or rather, what his ghost writer wrote about hitting: