Jay Buhner just confirmed what most Mariners fans already knew: Ichiro completely messes with the American media.
Jay was just on the M’s Hot Stove segment on 710 ESPN radio along with Shannon Drayer, Dave Niehaus, and Rick Rizzs. Shannon asked, “what’s the biggest misconception about the Mariners,” to which Jay responded, “that Ichiro can’t speak English.” The four laughed, because of course Ichiro knows English. We all knew that. Jay admits, “I shouldn’t have said that.”
But then the awesome part: Jay says (roughly transcribed), “sometimes when the media asks him a question, he turns to his translator and says, ‘tell them anything’. ”
Ichiro is the smartest man on the face of the earth. We all knew he had a keen intellect and a big brain, but not that he’s been screwing around with the American sports media for 8 years (well, officially). Every time Ichiro’s quoted as saying something along the lines of, “the reason I didn’t catch that ball was because I was trying to calculate the downward acceleration vector of the baseball while simultaneously experiencing failure,” I’m going to chuckle, for more reasons than before.
It’s like shooting fish in a barrel.