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Ichiro fans filled with sorrow over star's retirement announcement

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During my reporting stint in the United States years ago, I chased Ichiro Suzuki, who had just started playing his first season with the Seattle Mariners.

Always taciturn, he was never available for post-game comments. Still, Japanese reporters waited in packs wherever Ichiro went even for away games. A U.S. daily once noted that the Japanese media would report on anything about Ichiro, even the deep knee bends he was wont to do in the outfield.

His teammates nicknamed him "wizard," out of utter awe and respect for his ability to show his stuff on the diamond, unfazed by all the attention and scrutiny he........

© The Asahi Shimbun