The chutzpah of Ichiro

He's facing his first sub-par season, but it isn't time for a change in his hitting style

Originally Published: July 28, 2011
By Johnette Howard | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- This is one of those man-bites-dog stories. This cannot stand. One of the chiseled-in-stone truths in sports, right up there with There is no 'i' in team, is There is no 0-for-4 in Ichiro. Right?

And yet, while baseball observers in New York and beyond have worked themselves into a billowing, foamy lather about Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter's tortuous haul to hit his current .268 this year, Seattle Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki -- one of the great hitting ...

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