​​Seattle Mariners superstar ​Ichiro Suzuki played the first two games of the season over in Japan before officially retiring after 19 big league seasons.


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.

​​"First off, I want to say thank you for being a great friend to me and being my favorite player to this day," Gordon wrote. "People don't know how much you've helped me over these last five years, Ichi. We both know I've had good times, bad times, ups and downs, but your friendship never wavered once."


Gordon definitely had some downs, including a ​PED suspension back in 2016, but he was in awe of Ichiro and modeled his game after him, mainly because of their tiny physique.

"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.