Jersey Monday: Ichiro

We've officially entered what I consider to be the dark times in sports. There's no football, no basketball, not even any hockey. It's just baseball. The endless daily grind of baseball, which doesn't even hit the pennant drive until September.

Compounding the situation is the fact that we don't know when the NFL or NBA will even return. The NFL is officially locked out and we've reached the point that the owners can't even negotiate with the players, because the can't agree among themselves. The NBA isn't locked out yet, but that's a mere formality, as they seem further apart than the NFL.

So until we get some news on either of those fronts, it's time to go through some of the baseball jerseys I haven't spotlighted yet on Jersey Monday. One of these is my Ichiro jersey, which my parents picked up for me on one of their many trips to Seattle. It's hard to believe that Ichiro's been in the league for 11 seasons now, considering I can remember the hype from when he first came over.

At this point, Ichiro is 37 years old and needs 674 hits to reach 3,000 as an MLB player (he's already well past 3,000 when you add in his work from Japan). I wouldn't put it past him to get there, though his batting average is showing signs of dipping this season. Does he have 3 more good years in him left after this one? Maybe.

Of course, whether he gets there or not, this jersey will probably stay in the retired box. I just so rarely wear baseball jerseys anymore, and a BP fashion jersey like this isn't high on my rotation.

Jersey Monday will continue every Monday until I run out of jerseys to spotlight. And since I’ve got more than 150 of them, that could be awhile.