WATCH: Ichiro Pitches Against Phillies, Has Filthy Slider
Perhaps it was a bucket list thing for him.
Or, maybe the Miami Marlins wanted to have some of fun in Game # 162 of the baseball season.
Whatever it was, Marlins OF Ichiro Suzuki took to the pitching mound in the eighth inning of Sunday's game against the Phillies with a filthy slider.
Ichiro hit 88 mph on the speed gun and even forced a Phillies player to swing and miss at one point. That garnered laughs and cheers from both dugouts in a meaningless season finale.
Ichiro, 41, also allowed a lead off double to Odubel Herrera who later scored on another double off the right field wall by Darnell Sweeney.
Ichiro was able to get out of the inning after that with another fly out to left field.
It was the first time in his MLB career that Ichiro pitched for his team, although he took to the mound in Japan during an All-Star game before coming over to the United States.
At 15 years in the big leagues, Ichiro is at 2,935 career hits which is just 65 away from the all important 3,000 mark. In nine seasons in Japan, Ichiro totaled over 1,200 hits.
The Phillies won the game 7-2.