Ichiro stared at the TV for a long time. Normally, a person who is focused and on a disciplined plan from the moment he steps into the clubhouse, the Mariners right fielder broke from his daily ritual to watch live coverage of the destruction in home country of Japan.
But he chose not openly comment about the devastation. His interpreter Antony Suzuki, who's wife is in Japan visiting, said Ichiro is choosing to decline to talk to the media both American and Japanese about what is happening because he simply doesn't know enough to say anything and he doesn't want to say anything that would be wrong without knowing.
Ichiro relayed information through Suzuki that he has not been able to get a hold of his family in Japan. Besides Ichiro and Antony, the Mariners also have several ties to Japan including Director of Minor League and International Administration Hide Sueyoshi.
On a completely different note, Joe Torre was in the clubhouse this morning and met with Mariners manager Eric Wedge for about half hour.
Torre, who now wears the title of Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations for Major League Baseball, is meeting with all the managers and general managers as part of his new job.
"My first priority was to touch base with everyone," he said. "I'm going to be the liason guy between the commissioner and general managers."
One of his main goals with the job is rebuilding the relationship between managers and umpires.
"The first thing I want to pay a lot of attention is the umpiring," he said. "I think we've given the umpires a lot of dirty jobs to do. And I'm not just saying that because I've taken the uniform off. I said that even when I was out there arguing out. I think the fact that we make them yell: "Hurry up get in the batters box, hurry up get in from the bullpen - we make them do a lot of things they aren't paid to do - like call balls and strikes, safe and out."
Torre met with the umpires union in Florida.
"I just basically let them know how I feel - that they are every bit a part of this game as much as the players and the managers," Torre said.