Seattle Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki breaks from the batter's box for his 255th hit of the season, a single off Oakland Athletics' Rich Harden in the fifth inning Wednesday. Suzuki needs two more hits to tie the record for most hits in a season at 257, set by George Sisler in 1920.
Suzuki's story worth watching
By Ann Killion
In the fifth inning Wednesday night, Ichiro Suzuki moved closer to history.
Naturally, Oakland fans greeted his accomplishment with boos.
You'd think they would cheer out of sheer gratefulness for a distraction from the horror that is becoming the A's season. The A's fell out of first place for the first time since Aug. 5 with their 4-2 loss to Seattle and Anaheim's victory in Texas.
But this is what A's fans do. They boo Suzuki. They do it more than anyone in any other ballpark.
When he burst on the scene in 2001, the first Japanese-born position player to play in the majors, the Coliseum resident geniuses welcomed Suzuki by throwing coins, racially based insults and chants of ``overrated.''
And darn it if -- 917 hits later -- they're sticking by their original opinion.
``I'm not a big guy and hopefully kids could look at me and that I'm not muscular and not physically imposing, that I'm just a regular guy,'' Suzuki said earlier this summer. ``So if somebody with a regular body can get into the record books, kids can look at that. That would make me happy.''