Clarkson: 'Ichiro is Japan's Ali'

Both men simply polarizing in their respective home countries

Beau Johnson
March 23, 2019 - 8:03 am
Ichiro Suzuki

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47000 baseball fans packed the Tokyo Dome in Japan to watch the Seattle Mariners take on the Oakland Athletics in the opening series of the 2019 Major League Baseball season, but the games themselves weren't the biggest story of the two days. 

After a seventeen year Major League career Ichiro got come come full circle and officially retire in his home country of Japan, and the sold-out crowd was sure to let him know of their appreciation. But where does Ichiro fall within the history sports as an icon in his home country of Japan?

Weekend Mornings' Greg Clarkson believes that he is the Japanese equivalent of Muhammed Ali. Both men were simply polarizing. "Ali made presidents cry" says Clarkson, "and is still beloved to his country". Clarkson believes that Ichiro will go down in Japanese sports history with the same lore and adornment of his fans in Japan...