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    Includes signed letter of provenance from Ichiro himself!

    2012 Ichiro Suzuki American League Championship Series Home Run Game Used Bat. He might be the greatest singles hitter ever to swing a bat, having notched his 4,000th hit (inclusive of his Japanese tally) just last year, and displacing George Sisler from the single-season throne he had occupied for eighty-four years in 2004. When his career is over, it's likely that Ichiro will have surpassed Pete Rose's all-time record, and that he'll reach 3,000 Major League hits despite notching his first at the advanced age of twenty-eight.

    Yet there is a surprising amount of pop in that unusual but remarkably effective swing, and it seems that the power is most likely to appear in crucial situations. Such was the case when Ichiro came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning of the first ALCS meeting with the Detroit Tigers in 2012. The Yanks had posted nothing but goose eggs and trailed by four when the former Orix Blue Wave star lined a Jose Valverde offering just inside the right field foul pole to bring home Russell Martin and cut the lead in half. Three batters later a Raul Ibanez blast would tie the game to force extra innings in yet another dose of October magic in the Bronx.

    Presented here is the custom Mizuno Pro AO lumber that began that last-minute Yankee reprieve, a glossy obsidian weapon still sticky with pine tar and inscribed in flawless silver sharpie with Ichiro's signature, jersey number and the notation, "12 playoff HR." Several ball marks are clearly visible on its surface, one boldly placed on the sweet spot of the barrel that bears witness to his ninth inning heroics. Weight is thirty-one ounces, length thirty-three and a half inches. Letter of provenance from Ichiro Suzuki. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.

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