Ichiro back on the field in Japan

Set to play in first pair of regular-season games for Mariners in his native country

Originally Published: March 27, 2012
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

Apparently, those dozens of Japanese reporters who have followed and reported Ichiro's every move since the outfielder came to the United States 11 years ago -- at one point counting his batting practice swings -- had at least one hungry viewer back home eager for every morsel.

"I don't think I missed a day," infielder Munenori Kawasaki said through an interpreter. "I watched on TV, on the news, on the Internet, every day, his performance, his results. I was constantly following him."

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