Everyone in the Northwest knows what Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki looks like – at 5-foot-11, 172 pounds he’s mostly bone, muscle and sinew, reed thin.
Then there’s Jack Cust, the new designated hitter who is 6-foot-1 and weighs 250 pounds. There are bones, muscle and sinew on Cust, too. They’re just better hidden.
So when Ichiro came into the clubhouse Saturday dressed in tight jeans rolled to mid-shin, Cust couldn’t resist. He rolled his wide-legged jeans to mid-shin, a homage to his new teammate.
There was a lot of laughter when Ichiro spotted Cust. Asked about the fashion statement, Ichiro said “I’m the good sample, he’s the bad sample.
“It’s like in those magazines that have good and bad fashion,” Ichiro said. “I’d be on the good side.”
Ichiro also wore a red belt that went perfectly with a red baseball-style cap. Cust asked to see the belt, nodded and said: “I’ll have one by tomorrow.”
Over the years, most all Mariners have commented upon Ichiro’s eccentric style, but to date no one has tried to copy him. It’s hard to imagine a body less like Ichiro than the one Cust possesses, so the look should be intriguing.