Throughout the history of sports, a handful of athletes have managed to defy the laws of Father Time. Gordie Howe did in the NHL. Tom Brady is doing in the NFL today. And then there's Ichiro Suzuki.
Ichiro made a career for himself based on his longevity, playing in the MLB until the ripe age of 45. Although his career came to an end in 2019, the Seattle Mariners legend proved showed off that he's still an athletic freak at 48 years old last night.
Ichiro threw out the first pitch at the Mariners' home opener against the Houston Astros on Friday night. While some former players may lose power with age, the former American League MVP's first pitch clocked in at 93.6 miles per hour.
Check out a video of his impressive feat below.
What made the moment even more memorable was the fact that Ichiro was wearing a 2001 Mariners uniform — the same year that he capture his only MVP award.
The MLB's official Twitter account even got in on the fun, tweeting out "[Retweet] if you want Ichiro to make a comeback as a pitcher." Although the tweet was all in good fun, Mariners fans certainly wouldn't argue against No. 51 coming out of retirement for a season on the mound (especially if he can consistently hit those speeds).
In all seriousness, Ichiro has still been giving back to the Mariners even in retirement. He's worked with the club as a special assistant and instructor since 2019, further helping him leave his mark on an organization he's already shaped forever.
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