Whether you like it or not, and whether you ever were aware of it happening or not, the MLB season began on Wednesday in Japan with the Opening Series between the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics. Having resigned Ichiro Suzuki, the Mariners started the 45 year old legend in Tokyo, much to the approval of his adoring fans. Ichiro didn’t have a banner night, apart from the ovation that he got, and he was pulled early, but his Mariners did win 9-7 in the end, coming from 0-2 down in the first couple of innings.
A grand slam by Domingo Santana gave them a 5-2 lead, and despite the best efforts of the A’s, who never totally went away, they never managed to tie the game up again. A’s slugger Khris Davis picked up right where he left off, hitting his first homer of the season in the loss. He had 48 last season to lead all players, and he’s looking like he could get 40+ yet again this go-around. The second game of the series takes place on Thursday in the wee morning hours for Americans.