Tuesday, July 24, 2012

When a reporter knocked over Ichiro's bats

The sacred bats! They had been neatly leaned against the bench (this was before manager John McLaren would tape down tongue depressors to hold them, or before a hole was
drilled in the bench to contain them) and somehow I had knocked them over. There was a gasp from some of the
reporters and I swear I got some disapproving looks from some of the Japanese media. I was absolutely horrified.

I was terrified to touch the bats, even to put them back, but I did so and as I did I looked around furtively to see if Ichiro had seen what I had done. I was pretty sure he hadn’t but just in case I warned the media who saw my misadventure to not say anything to him.

Ichiro came over to get his bats for his turn in batting practice a few minutes later and didn’t look over at me. Whew, I thought. I dodged that one.

Or so I thought. The next day