After three innings, Ichiro Suzuki is out of the All-Star game.
While in the field, he made a running catch in the first inning, fighting a tough sun. At the plae, he popped out in the first inning, struck out in the third and ....
Well, that's it. He's been replaced in the outfielder by Torii Hunter.
"I knew about it ahead of time," Ichiro said.
Though he didn't get the chance to do much, he was happy about his AL batting practice uniform - a red jersey and a red hat.
"I want to work out here (Anaheim) tomorrow, but the Angels have the field," he said. "I have a red jersey and red cap, they might let me work out with them."
Immediately after coming out of the game, Ichiro sent word to the press box that he was 'ready' to talk to the media.
Two innings later, that media was still waiting. Ichiro sent word he would not talk on camera to a Japanese television crew. They left, and 21 other Japanese journalists waited on.
Eventually, Ichiro allowed three Japanese writers to talk to him in the clubhouse. When he was done with them, he allowed three Northwest writers an audience.
He talked about his first-inning catch.
"It felt great and was a different feeling," Ichiro said. "Normally when I make a play here, the fans boo and say things to me. Today, they were all happy and cheered."