A look at various traded, update, and rookie sets from the late 1980s and early 1990s
When Ichiro first came over, I heard all the hype about him being a rock star, having an attitude and wanting his first name on his uniform. I immediately developed a dislike for him. Then, over the years I watched him play. He played hard. In the rare interviews or statements you'd see, it was all about respecting the game of baseball and the history. Then, when he won the All-Star Game MVP a couple of years ago, he was humble and made a good presentation.Over the years, I've done a complete 180 degree turn on Ichiro and I like him (although I'd still like to see him put "Suzuki" on his jersey back). He may be my favorite American League player.
The issue with his last name is not really down to him--Japan is very different from the U.S. culturally and his non-use of his last name is not nearly as unusual it would be if you or I tried that.I got to see him day-in and day-out for a period and thought the guy was 100% hustle, effort, and class all the time. One of my absolute favorites.