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July 23, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Transcript of Ichiro’s statement at press conference (plus lineups)

Here’s tonight’s lineup, including a new left fielder for the Yankees, and a new right fielder for the Mariners.
Mariners (42-55)
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13 Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
33 Casper Wells LF
27 John Jaso (L) C
63 Jesus Montero DH
15 Kyle Seager (L) 3B
55 Michael Saunders (L) CF
17 Justin Smoak (S) 1B
4 Carlos Peguero (L) RF
26 Brendan Ryan SS
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25 Kevin Millwood RHP
Yankees (57-38)
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2 Derek Jeter SS
14 Curtis Granderson (L) CF
13 Alex Rodriguez 3B
24 Robinson Cano (L) 2B
25 Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
27 Raul Ibanez (L) DH
22 Andruw Jones LF
31 Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
55 Russell Martin C
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18 Hiroki Kuroda RHP
Here is a transcript of Ichiro’s statement at the press conference today. His eyes began to tear up almost from the beginning, when Howard Lincoln was talking, and he seemed very emotional throughout. He never broke up when speaking, but had to stop to compose himself a couple of times.


“I would like to express my gratitude to the fans. Thank you for the last 11 1/2 years. Starting in 2001, whether the team played well or bad, whether I DID good or bad, I am overcome with emotion when I think about my times and feelings during time that was spent together with the fans.”
“During all those times, the fans were a big foundation for me. When I think about this long period, it is hard for me to concisely express my feelings. When I think about the last 11 1/2 years, about the time and feelings of the last 11 1/2 years, and when I imagine taking off a Mariner uniform, I was overcome with sadness. It has made this a very difficult decision to make.”
“When I spent time during the All-Star break to think, I realized that this team has many players in their early 20s, and I began to think I should not be on this team next year. When I thought about the future of the team. I also started to feel a desire to be in an atmosphere that I could have a different kind of stimulation than I have now. If that were the case, it would be the best decision for both parties involved that I leave the team as soon as possible, and I have made this decision. Thanks to the Mariner organization for accepting this request.
(Ichiro expressed gratitude to former Nintendo chairman Hiroshi Yamauchi and other Nintendo executives “for giving me the opportunity to play here for the last 11 ½ years.”
“I would like to send my heartfelt thanks to all involved with the Mariners organization for supporting me all these years. I will be moving on with pride on account of my past 11 1/2 years with the Mariners organization.”

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