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Ichiro's sense of humor lost on Jason Bay

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ichiro-stretches-all-star.JPGBoston Red Sox left fielder Jason Bay has had quite a month. He became an American citizen, found out he was an All-Star, met President Barack Obama and was the butt of an Ichiro joke.

Bay blogs for WEEI sports radio's Web site in Boston, and recently gave a recap of his All-Star weekend comings and goings.

Among them:

I run back in from the field to get sunglasses. Locker room completely empty except Ichiro stretching on the floor and his translator sitting on the chair beside him. Sow we make small talk, and I ask him where he lives in Seattle because I lived in the suburbs.

Well, I had barely got the last word out when Ichiro says something in Japanse. Then his translator turns to me, deadpanned and straight-faced and says, "I'm going to mess with your house." The way he said it was malicious, and Ichiro is on the floor dying laughing like it was the funniest thing ever. I was just like, "OK, I'll see you guys out there." I didn't know what to say. It was weird.

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The humor was lost on Bay.

HINT: House = Head

And, later that night, the National League lost the game.

Ichiro is a very weird guy to say the least. look at this link and see how "odd" his sense of humor is. h ttp://

I happen to speak japanese and I can find a bunch of this kind of unorthodox quotes by Ichiro. Some of them are pretty silly, others are a little perverted and often very offensive. But believe me, Ichiro's comments are in general very very hard to decipher even in Japanese. I think he just tries too hard each time he speaks out to the media or friends or colleagues. He is a high school grad, but he is a self-proclaimed baseball superstar who wants everyone to look at him as extraordinary and different. That's what forces him to dress so strangely and to make bold and excessively narcissistic (and occasionally non-sensical) comments. I'm a little bit surprised to hear that he talked in that weird way to Bay privately. In the Mariners, he is often said to be selfish, and is reluctant to talk to other teammates. But I suspect that's because he simply has a trouble of communicating with others. He seems to lack basic communicative skills.(the problem of language skill aside) I can easily imagine other teammates to be upset about or to feel discontent with the way he talks, if he talks to them in that strange way we know through the media. There is always some tension between him and the Japanese media that accompanies him. Many Japanese media in Seattle have hard time establishing a sound relationship with Ichiro who is so temperamental and often disdainful. They have to be very picky about the word they employ in asking questions to Ichiro. If Ichiro applies that attitudes to his colleagues, then they won't be happy with him. In a word, Ichiro is a very difficult person. So I hope Bay won't be mad about him. I'm quite certain that Ichiro thought that it is funny and thought that Bay should find it funny.

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