Ichiro wowed by ovation after first homer

August, 3, 2012
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Ichiro Suzuki has been playing baseball for a long time.

But the Yankees outfielder can't recall hearing a louder ovation than the one he received after belting his first homer with New York -- and 100th of his career -- on Monday night.

"I don't know if it was because it was my first home run as a Yankee or if it was because it was my 100th home run," Ichiro said Friday before a throng of Seattle and New York reporters. "But I don't think I've ever received that kind of ovation from the fans, that loud. Maybe it was the first time ever in my career that I've received something that big.

"And I could hear my name being chanted, and I felt like maybe I should go out of the dugout (for a curtain call), but we were losing at the time, so it was kind of awkward. I didn't know if I should or if I shouldn't. I ended up not going out there, but it was definitely a big ovation."

Since being traded to the Yankees from the Mariners, Ichiro has had exactly one hit in each of his nine games with New York.

"This team is in contention, so this has been a pretty easy adjustment, baseball-wise," he said.

"Every day, I'm able to feel the main goal of this team, which is to win," he later said. "And as a baseball player, you want to do your best and compete, and it really makes me happy to be a part of that and be able to contribute to that common goal, which is to win."

Ichiro, 38, hasn't really focused much on his former team, which will put its seven-game winning streak on the line in the Bronx.

"If there were 30 hours in one day, I think I could check them out, but right now I'm just concentrating on what I need to do," he said.

Ichiro, who spent 11½ seasons in Seattle, downplayed facing the Mariners in New York. After all, he had to play his first game against them as a Yankee in Safeco Field.

"I don't think anything's gonna be bigger than that," Ichiro said. "It'll be different, but I don't think it'll be anything quite like playing in Seattle."

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