I'm saying a silent prayer of thanks to Ichiro's wife, Yumiko, who urged him to stay with the Mariners instead of moving to the other team Ichiro was seriously considering--the Yankees.
In an interview with the Kyoto News, translated by Agence France-Presse, Ichiro says he considered returning to Japan, staying in Seattle, and joining the Yankees or Red Sox.
"Not only I but also Yumiko feel impatient at not being able to go to the playoffs for years," Ichiro said. But, in the end, Seattle won out, and at Yumiko's urging.
I was wavering but let on an air like I wanted to play in Seattle. Yumiko sensed it and told me, 'You don't want to leave here, do you?' I felt like I got encouragement.34-year-old Ichiro signed a five-year deal with the M's in July.
That's Ichiro's wife Yumiko Fukushima interviewing Alex Rodriguez when she was a television reporter.