I'm sure Ichiro helped a ton of his teammates over the course of his career, but Mariners second baseman Dee Gordon is one in particular who is thankful for crossing paths with the future Hall of Famer, and he thanked the 45-year-old with a full-page ad in the Seattle Times.
"Damn, bruh skinny like me"— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 28, 2019
Dee Gordon's full-page thank you to Ichiro in today's Seattle Times has all the feels. pic.twitter.com/y80Os5oPEs
Dee Gordon paid respect to Ichiro with a full-page ad in the Seattle Times https://t.co/t8to1Qnzzk— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) March 28, 2019
"It seemed like everyone else was huge and hit homers, but you stayed true to yourself, your work, your process, and, most importantly, your culture," Gordon wrote. "You showed me that I could do anything and everything I could possibly want to do in this game, even when literally everyone is twice as big as us."
Gordon and Ichiro first played together when they were teammates with the Miami Marlins before the two landed in Seattle last year. Gordon could've given a simple post on social media to thank the Mariner legend, but he wanted to do it right and show Ichiro how much he meant to him.
I'd say he accomplished that with this ad.