Since 1876, there have been over 211,000 Major League Baseball games played, and still to this day, on any given day, in any given inning, on any given pitch, whether your team is winning or losing, something extraordinary can happen right before your eyes that you haven't seen before. The beauty, charm and mystique of baseball make it the most unique sport, not to mention that baseball is the only major sport not controlled by a clock! Something extraordinary did happen in the Marlins' 12-6 loss to the Colorado Rockies. Ichiro Suzuki, in his 16th season and looking to become the 30th member in the MLB history with 3,000 hits, collected his 2,999th career MLB hit pinch-hitting for Giancarlo Stanton in the top of the 8th inning with an infield hit off Colorado reliever Jordan Lyles. But, before Ichiro pinch-hit for Stanton, Stanton electrified the 37,699 fans in attendance at Coors Field a mammoth 504-foot home run in the 5th inning off Colorado reliever Chad Bettis. It was Stanton's 23rd homer of the season.
QUOTE: Former teammate Brett Boone said of Ichiro, "He's probably faster going to first than anybody in the history of the game. I played with Deion Sanders, and Deion is faster than anybody, but he can't beat Ichiro to first base." Ichiro has nearly 700 infield hits to his credit.
FACT: Ichiro is a 10-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove Award winner. Stanton is the 2014 NL Home Run Champion (37).