TheYanks04 wrote:If I need to explain the subtleties of risking injury to yourself, running up the score on opponents/showing up the opposition needlessly, and the otherwise extremely dubious value of stealing 3b in a number of instances, well then.
He was obviously playing for personal glory...period. His team won 116 games and was headed to the playoffs long befor etaht game. The game was totally meaningless...and if he got hurt trying to swipe a base for personal glory, all the M's fans would have been all over him like a like a worker preparng a bad cafe latte. It is OK apparently to be selfish as long as it goes unnoticed, causes no damage and otherwie builds up the Suzuki hype-machine. It does not go unnoticed by everyone. Suzuki has a fair streak of self-indulgent selfishness in him. To claim he is some altruistic team player is perposterous.
So you have micromanaged Ichiro into being a selfish ballplayer in one reality. Care to list more than one miniscule occurrence that might possibly be argued as selfish behavior?
Ichiro is a competitor who goes for the gold every time. You can't turn that off otherwise you risking a lot more. It's not like he slid head first in to home and has he ever been injured from such activity before?
You can't go around being to scared to live life and play the game. So you can spin this one event into selfish behavior, but even with the spin factor this would be positive selfish behavior versus not going out and stealing bases for your team because you are afraid of getting hurt and/or don't want to try hard.
Anyway, this has more to do with being a clubhouse leader, hard worker and giving your best to the City in which your reside.
EDIT- I bet you a dollar Piniella sent Ichiro every time.