» Ichiro’s Best Moment

I’ll always remember him throwing out Terrance Long, but Dave at U.S.S. Mariner has Ichiro’s best moment by Win Probability:

September 18th, 2009, vs NYY, down 2-1 in the bottom of the 9th, runner at second, Mariano Rivera on the mound.

Historically, teams in that situation only go on to win 13.3% of the time, and that’s facing a generic closer. Against Mariano Rivera, the odds were much lower.

In the words of the late, great Mariner announcer Dave Niehaus, “Fly, fly away.”

I love the game of baseball. But I have come to hate the business of baseball more.