When I see my moped

Apologies for the corny title, but…

My first proper, close up sight of a baseball park was in 2003, in Seattle. I had strictly seen one nearly 20 years earlier, in Boston, but from considerable distance, and considerable height (viewing room of John Hancock Tower), and never got all that close.

2003, however, I arrived in Seattle, by bus (long before the Tram was even dreamed of), and one of the first sights I saw, were 2 sports stadiums. One was the NFL one, the other was the baseball one. Later on during that trip, I saw where the basketball team (now in Oklahoma City), and ice hockey team (now moved to Kent County, WHL team) played, but the other 2 had long caught my eye by then.

Its fair to say that at that time, the posters around the baseball stadium were dominated by the new star player from Japan. Well, he’d been there for a short while (this was between 2002, and 2003 seasons), but fairly new, and still the big star at the time. Yes, Ichiro Sukuzi was poster boy for the Mariners at the time. By the time I finally got to see the Mariners play live, it was 15 years later, and not surprisingly, his glory days were gone.

Today, I saw him play for the Mariners, one last time. Yes, I saw him yesterday too, and those 2 games, in Tokyo, were the last time, at the grand old age of 45 that he will play for the Mariners. Yes, he retired after today’s game.

The most amusing fact, his first game for them, back in 2001, was a 5-4 win over Oakland. Today, guess what? His final game for them was, would you believe, a 5-4 win over Oakland!

Technically, the Mariners are no more than my 3rd team that I follow. Dodgers are obviously number 1, and due to Miss Harlow, the Kansas City Royals will always have a soft place in my soul. And yes, Kate, Boston Red Sox will always be number 4, for more reasons than one. But yes, the team that truly got me hooked on baseball, the Seattle Mariners, and their poster boy of the time, Ichiro Suzuki. Given he played for 7 years in Japan, before coming to MLB, its possibly there are others that were playing then, playing now, but I suspect few, if any.

But yes, the man who helped to get me hooked on baseball, retired today, and I saw the end, albeit only on TV. So thanks for the memories, Mr Suzuki, and enjoy your retirement.

OK, video time. This song is 1 year younger than Ichiro, shows how old I am. Yes, the connection is corny, but better than using ‘Take Me Out To The Ballgame’ again

There are apparently 3 current players now remaining, post Suzuki, who were playing at that fateful date. Albert Pujols, and CC Sabathia (both 2001), and Fernando Rodney (2002). Bartolo Colon (1997) would add to this list if signed at any point this season

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The perfect job for me?

Firstly I have to say that I didnt find the details about this place, my friend Eden did, and I’m sure but for her, tonights blog would have been far more boring!

It seems that in Tokyo, there is something called the Robot restaurant, and the cabaret is what sounds like a crazy show involving girls, Godzilla, dinosaurs and of course, robots! My very basic searching doesnt tell me if these are real robots, people dressed up as robots, or people transformed (temporarily or otherwise) into robots. Anywhere but Japan, and I would say it wasnt the latter, but this is Japan, so who knows? My money is on people dressed as robots, but as a job, yes, I’d love that! Website address? http://www.shinjuku-robot.com/pc/

There are times when I wish that Japan wasnt so far away, and so expensive, but it is both, so I’m not likely to visit, without a special offer, but I’d probably love it. In truth, Japan seems to have so many strange things going on over there, that I’d probably love to stay there. One of those capsule hotel rooms would be perfection for me!

I dont get the whole anime thing, but thats probably my age. 30-40 years younger, and I’d probably be hooked. But if you’re looking for a country to visit for a robot wannabee, who loves train travel, then yes, it could be fun!

Lets be honest, about 25 years from now, we probably will have restaurants genuinely run by robots, especially in the Far East! But for now, if the outfits are robot enough, hmm, where do I send my CV? 😉 Seems they are looking for staff, shame I dont speak a word of Japanese! Maybe they can program me, just like a robot? 😀

Video time. This is one of those videos that is so perfectly Japanese, that I’ve used it before, a while back. No, Kirsten Dunst will win no singing awards, but this is so much fun, and so sums up the Japanese lifestyle that I love it, even if I shouldnt!