The man behind the Laser Beam ⚾️

The man behind the Laser Beam ⚾️


In honor of tonight’s Mariners home opener, we want to introduce — or maybe reintroduce — a historic Seattleite to you. Whether you’re a baseball geek or refer to the game as “sportsball,” you should know this name: Ichiro Suzuki (who everyone just calls Ichiro).  

The legendary outfielder began his U.S. baseball career on the Mariners in 2001 and made baseball history by setting a bunch of records. Then he broke some Seattle hearts when he was traded to the New York Yankees in 2012. But now he’s BACK and everyone’s been talking about it.

So who is this guy exactly? Here’s what to know.  

WHY HE’S IMPORTANT: At 44 years old, Ichiro (ee-chee-roh) is one of the oldest U.S. major league baseball players. He began his baseball career at 18 in Japan’s Pacific League. He’s earned countless awards and is one of 31 major league baseball players ever to make it into the 3,000 Hit Club, a milestone for batters who’ve made 3,000+ hits at home plate.

FUN FACT: The right side of Safeco’s baseball field, where Ichiro was positioned, used to be known as “Area 51,” a nod to his player number and because it was “where baseballs disappear.”

WHY HE’S SO SPECIAL: His frighteningly fast throws. Ichiro’s throw even had its own name: The Laser Beam. Watch it in action here.

BEST QUOTE: “I’m not a big guy and hopefully kids could look at me and see that I’m not muscular and not physically imposing, that I’m just a regular guy. So if somebody with a regular body can get into the record books, kids can look at that. That would make me happy.”

WHEN TO SEE HIM IN ACTION: Ichiro might not be playing during the Mariners’ opening day game against the Cleveland Indians tonight, due to a calf injury. While we all cross our fingers for a swift recovery, you can grab tickets for later in the season here.

The Mariners have changed a lot over the years and they’ve had a few ups and downs. What are some of your favorite moments watching the Mariners? Let’s think back on ‘em here.

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Tickets, please. Going to the ball game? Take the light rail. Your Mariners ticket gets you free rides on game days, good from three hours before first pitch through the end of the light rail’s regular daily schedule. Need a game day lift to the light rail stations at Angle Lake or University of Washington? Uber’s throwing in a discount. (Sound Transit)

Construction disruption. Our city’s getting its biggest traffic makeover in decades thanks to that huge new tunnel under our city — the new Highway 99. Things are going to get messy, and now we know, roughly, when. First, the Alaskan Way Viaduct will close in late summer. Then, the new tunnel to replace it will open sometime in October. And around January, watch for falling concrete: the 65-year-old Viaduct will be demolished, clearing a whole new view to the waterfront and a whole new era for the city. (The Seattle Times)

‘Shockingly honest.’ Michael Bennett may not be a Seahawk anymore, but he is an author. His new book, “Things That Make White People Uncomfortable,” is “equal parts autobiography and political treatise,” according to The Stranger’s Spike Friedman, and a must-read for Seahawks fans. Michael just got traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, but he’s got other things on his mind these days. He just turned himself in to police in Houston on a charge that he hurt a 66-year-old woman in a wheelchair. The plea? “He didn’t do this,” his attorney said. (The Stranger)

Another suit. Washington is joining at least 11 other states in suing — you guessed it — the Trump administration. President Trump is saying he wants to add a question to the 2020 census that would ask if people are U.S. citizens. The problem? That question could keep undocumented immigrants from taking the census at all, say the states’ attorneys general, and the Constitution says it’s supposed to count everyone. (The New York Times)

Ride the monorail? The people who run it want to know how you use it and how they should improve it. Yes, it’s still mostly a tourist run between Seattle Center and downtown. But with KeyArena getting a huge renovation soon, and our light rail getting bigger and way busier, the monorail’s use as public transit matters. This survey is taking your feedback through April 1. (The Urbanist)

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⚾  Watch our Mariners take on Cleveland on Opening Night (SoDo)
🎟  Laugh about Seattle’s social awkwardness (University District)
🍻  Pick a brew at this IPA fest (SoDo)


🍴  Indulge in the Grilled Cheese Grand Prix – through Saturday (Sand Point)
🎶  Celebrate women in jazz (Capitol Hill)
🎈  Geek out on anime at SakuraCon (Downtown)


🍴  Nibble away at the Georgetown Bites food fest (Georgetown)
💡  Hear from a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer (Downtown)
🎈  Take the kids to Howl’s Moving Castle (Central District)


🐰  Let your kids loose on one of these local Easter egg hunts (All over
🎈  Get Easter brunch with the fam (Kid friendly, OpenTable)
🌷  Visit those world famous tulip fields (Skagit Valley) — they should bloom any day now. Thanks for the link, Lynda Raymond!

Going to one of these?

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Have a good one, all. — The Evergrey

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