Sep 28, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Ichiro Suzuki (31) gets a single during the ninth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Yankees' Ichiro Suzuki and Hiroki Kuroda will help out Masahiro Tanaka

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New York is obviously the melting pot of America. They have African Americans, American Indians, Alaska natives, Asian’s including Asian Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and others. The city is full of different cultures, foods and music. They make up about eight percent of New York’s population.

I’ve honestly never been there but would like to visit one day. That city loves their professional baseball teams. The New York Yankees have more championships than any other franchise in the history of sports. So when it comes to New York Yankees baseball, they really are the kings of the sports world.

Now Spring Training is just around the corner, which means Opening Day is right behind it. Fans across the country are getting themselves ready to make their way to the ballparks, grab some peanuts and cracker jacks and watch themselves some baseball. Or you can sit at home, watch on the radio or whatever you do.

The Yankees may have lost second baseman Robinson Cano, but they were able to make another splash of their own by signing one of the hottest Japanese free agents in history. The Yankees have had eight Japanese players wear their uniform.

You have guys like Ichiro Suzuki, Hiroki Kuroda,  Hideki Irabu, Hideki Matsui, Kei Igawa, Ryota Igarashi, Yoshinori Tateyama and now Masahiro Tanaka.

It’s always great to have someone who is familiar with you and your culture on the same team. It’s always a plus if you actually know each other. Not only will Ichiro Suzuki and Hiroki Kuroda help Tanaka adjust to living in America, but they’ll help him out with every aspect of the game.

Not like he needs help, but there’s nothing wrong with having two veterans giving you some advice here and there.

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