In a Hall of Fame caliber incident of carelessness, one of the greatest baseball players of all time had no idea of one of the greatest football players of all time.
Ichiro Suzuki, who was promoted to Seattle Mariners front man last week, did not know who the New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was when he received a text from Brady in the spring training of 2017 – after a recent story in The Athletic .
Brady, one of the most famous athletes on the planet, wrote Suzuki that he wanted to meet with him to study his stretching system and said he had his number from Alex Rodriguez.
Suzuki, while this spring in the coach room, not only did not recognize the phone number of the text. He did not know Brady either.
"What's the name of the guy?" one of the coaches asked.
"A guy named Tom Brady, who (the expression) is Tom Brady?"
Suzuki, the 44-year-old future Hall of Famer from Japan, will not play for the rest of 2018 plans to transform into its new front office role in the next few years. But he has no immediate plans to retire, and said last week he would retire "as soon as I use a stick."
The 40-year-old Brady was also against retirement, insisting on playing well in his 40s.