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


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.

Tags: Hiroki Kuroda Ichiro Suzuki Masahiro Tanaka New York Yankees

  • William

    Everybody needs help. Everybody. Never the less a good article. Something I wanted to see in print as I have been curious about the potential relationships.

  • Nightsong

    Where are you getting your information? NYC’s non-white population is actually more than 50%, which means that minorities are the majority, not 8% of the population as you wrote. You can walk a few blocks and literally hear a dozen different languages, plus the entire gamut of American accents because the city is overflowing with people who have romantic notions about leaving home and “becoming a New Yorker.” You can easily pick these people out because they’re the only ones who seem to like the city despite its filth and the extreme inconveniences of living there. Most native New Yorkers always talk about leaving, but they don’t because you can’t get a decent bagel or sandwich outside of New York.

    However, you ARE correct that New York is a baseball town that loves its clubs. There’s nothing quite like joining thousands of other Yankee fans taking the subway to the Stadium, and pre-gaming with a few beers at one of the bars across the street. Yankee Stadium is one of the last baseball stadiums that *doesn’t* have a ridiculous corporate name. And don’t forget that NYC was the birthplace of the 24/7 sports radio format. WFAN, the radio station that started it all, is still widely popular, and you can tune in at any time to hear Mets fans crying.