I have to say, Ichiro Suzuki may be my favorite non-Cardinal baseball player. There are plenty of others I love watching, mostly pitchers. Guys like Dan Haren (though that always makes me sad, too), Tim Lincecum, and Roy Halladay are all fantastic to watch; seeing players lie that ply their trade is just amazing.
Ichiro, though, is on another level entirely. He's a master of his craft; no one else in baseball can maneuver the ball around the field the way Ichiro can. But honestly, that isn't really why I like him so much. No, the reason I like Ichiro so much (and the reason I so hoped he would end up a member of the Cardinals some day), is because of the quotes he generates.
"Chicks who dig home runs aren't the ones who appeal to me," he said. "I think there's sexiness in infield hits because they require technique. I'd rather impress the chicks with my technique than with my brute strength. Then, every now and then, just to show I can do that, too, I might flirt a little by hitting one out."
I mean, seriously. That's just awesome. Is there any other player in baseball who would say something like that? I submit to you there isn't.
And that, my friends, is why I love Ichiro Suzuki so much.