"When Ichiro arrived it was as if the game had, it's the closest thing to a re reinvention of the game that I'd ever seen both in the field and at bat. The way that he uses his bat actually I suppose you could say that that's not a radical way of doing it. It's the way that they did it in the 1890s. Manipulating his bat as if it were almost a pool cue and able to put the batted ball wherever he wished to. It was a stunning, stunning thing. Add to that the base running; add to that the batting average; add to that all the other things that he brings to the game. And I feel that I'm fortunate to have lived in the time of Ichiro."