David Aardsma’s raises his hands after Ichiro makes a great leaping catch at the wall on Victor Martinez’s deep shot to right so secure the Mariners win.
Did you honestly think he wouldn’t catch it?
Well Don Wakamatsu couldn’t watch to find out.
"I didn’t look," he admitted. "You look at the reaction of the hitter, and I think he thought he got it. I actually didn’t see the catch."
Though Wakamatsu didn’t watch it, he never lost hope that Ichiro would catch it.
"You always feel comfortable with him in right field that he’s going to make a great catch or climb the wall," Wakamatsu said. "It was awfully nice he came up with."
Aardsma watched carefully and raised his hands (above) in celebration as Ichiro came down with the ball. He then bear-hugged Ichiro as the team shook hands post game.
"(Martinez) is a decent hitter and right off the bat I thought it was out, but you never know with Ichiro back there," Aardsma said. "Obviously, he can cover a lot of ground and (Martinez) just didn’t get enough of it, and Ichiro made a great play on it. He made an awesome play."
Ichiro was typically sardonic on the catch. When he was first asked to go through the play, he joked through his interpreter Ken Baron: "There was a runner on first, there was a fly ball and I caught it."
But later he conceded that he was going to do everything he could to make the catch.
"The only thing that was in my mind as soon the ball made contact with the bat was to catch it," he said. "Just like a dog chasing after a Frisbee."
So the Mariners take 3 of 4 against an awful Indians team. They are now 49-43 — how exactly I have no idea.
They gained no ground on the Angels as the squeeked out a win in Oakland to stay four games up on the M’s.