Editor’s note: Art Thiel, former Seattle Post-Intelligencer columnist, will be covering the Mariners while they are in Japan for The News Tribune. Here is his first dispatch:
TOKYO — Wearing a pork-pie hat and high-water jeans, the hipster at baggage claim looked a little familiar, except he was just about alone.
“Welcome to Japan,” I said. He smiled.
“Let me welcome you to Japan,” he said. I beat Ichiro by an hour Friday, but he had me by 38 years and change regarding trips to his native sod.
The Oakland A’s charter flight, bearing some media personnel, arrived about an …