In Sik Kim, the South Korean manager, said the team had signaled to Lim that he was supposed to pitch around Suzuki. If Suzuki did not bite at a bad pitch, Lim was supposed to walk him. But Lim apparently did not get those signs or did not obey them.
“I don’t know why the pitcher tried to pitch directly to Ichiro,” Kim said.
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Players repeatedly referred to the Japanese team’s attention to detail as if it were a foreign concept or a long-lost art. The refrain makes you wonder whether the United States might have lost more than a baseball game on Sunday.
Brian Roberts, the team’s second baseman, said: “When you play Japan, when you play Korea and those countries, they’re going to play fundamentally sound baseball. They’re going to do all the little things. You have to focus on the fundamentals. Americans, we probably don’t do as good a job of that as they do at times.”
Rollins added: “They don’t worry about the big things. They didn’t worry about trying to drive the ball out of the ballpark. When you put the ball in play, you can find holes.”
Ichiro: Time to act like "professionals'' Plenty has happened since we last saw Ichiro, starting with these comments by J.J. Putz last month in an interview with Larry Stone. After that, there was this Stone interview about the topic of Ichiro with former manager Jim Riggleman. And then, as well, Adrian Beltre's comments about last year's team, in which he suggested some players weren't doing the little things needed to win. There are other examples, like Carlos Silva's rant last summer in which he spoke out against unidentifed players.
After a few more easier questions were lobbed his way. I finally decided to ask him what we had to ask: about all that's been said since last October.
I quoted from Putz's comments, saying that while he felt Ichiro put up fantastic numbers each year, there was more he could do to help win games. I then mentioned Riggleman's comments the day after that, when he spoke of gathering a handful of players in the clubhouse that he felt were unhappy with Ichiro and trying to get them to address their beefs.