Friday night was the Mariners’ home opener at T-Mobile Park vs. the Astros. To help celebrate the occasion, the club welcomed a familiar face to deliver the first pitch: Ichiro Suzuki.
The 48-year-old Mariners legend took the mound in his full uniform from 2001, sporting the iconic No. 51 on his back.
Ichiro delivered a fastball — clocked at 84.5 mph by Statcast — to Mariners phenom Julio Rodríguez behind the plate before embracing the 21-year-old with a bear hug.
Today, Ichiro serves as an instructor and special assistant to the chairman for the Mariners and has been around the team since his retirement in 2019.