“August in Kansas City is hotter than 2 rats in a fucking wool sock” ~ Ichiro on Kansas City

“To tell the truth, I’m not excited to go to Cleveland, but we have to. If I ever saw myself saying I’m excited going to Cleveland, I’d punch myself in the face, because I’m lying.” ~ Ichiro, on Cleveland

“He said, ‘Woof, woof, woof,’ which meant, ‘Stay, stay, stay,’ ” Suzuki told reporters in Japanese. “Of course, I listened.” ~ Ichiro, on his dog Ikky being the main influence on why he decided to stay in Seattle

“I hope he arouses the fire that’s dormant in the innermost recesses of my soul. I plan to face him with the zeal of a challenger.” ~ Ichiro, on facing Dice-K

Tiger is a great golfer, but … when you say athlete, I think of Carl Lewis. When you talk about [golfers or race-car drivers], I don’t want to see them run. It’s the same if you were to meet a beautiful girl and go bowling. If she’s an ugly bowler, you are going to be disappointed.” ~ Ichiro, on taking bitches out bowling

Should be interesting to see him interact with the New York media, to say the least.