All Signs Point South

I'm going to be called a traitor. Someone is going to come and take my Mariner's jersey, my Mariner pajama shorts, and all of my rookie Ken Griffey, Jr and Alex Rodriguez baseball cards. I am ready to put my stake in the sand – Ichiro is coming to Los Angeles.

How did this all start? When did I think Ichiro was going to start saving up to move to Los Angeles?

When I saw this picture:

Then, I saw this one:

Then I started reading in the Seattle papers that Ichiro has one more year left on his Mariner contract, and that he's been disappointed in the fact the team hasn't made it to the World Series. All I can say is – that's the way of the Mariners. Maybe it's a curse of the Mariners. They have great players, but the pistons have never fired at the right time, or been able to keep firing into the fall.

(ahem – Tino Martinez, Omar Vizquel, Ken Griffey, Jr, Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson...all have experienced this)

That was the day that I mentioned to My Friend Matt (MFM) – “I think We are going to take Ichiro off your hands.” I think MFM's reply was something along the lines of “whatever, you don't know what you are talking about.”

(This is Alex, Ginny and MFM)

This is Jeff Kent. Doesn't he look like MFM? Your answer is Yes.

Okay, when you get your picture taken with Tommy, that's not just Tommy Lasorda the interglatical leader of's the Special Advisor to the Chairman of THE DODGERS. The Dodgers, hello...We could make space in our outfield for Ichiro. Andre could move to Center, Ichiro could take over a nice spot in right field. The batting order is already welcoming him...he goes after Nomar and before the MFM look-alike...Jeff Kent.

What was the third sign? Tonight I read that Mr. Ichiro bought a loft downtown. Yes, the same article that admitted Posh and Becks weren't coming to downtown, admitted that Mr. Bat-Catch-Steal will have a place to rest after a hard day at Chavez Ravine.

Face it...Ichiro is coming to Los Angeles. All signs point south.

Who's Ichiro?

Who said he bought a place in Los Angeles?


Ron said...

That link makes no mention that Ichiro bought a unit in dowtown L.A. What the heck are you talking about? And so what if he had a pic taken with Tommy.

Ginny-Marie said...

I should have copied the article from the website last night. They've updated the article.

It's in the print copy.

I'll look for a cached copy...

Ginny-Marie said...

May 5, 2007
Ichiro pays $2.2M for loft unit near downtown LA

Baseball star Ichiro Suzuki has paid $2.2 million to purchase a condominium unit in the Biscuit Company Lofts building in Los Angeles’ Industrial District, according to public records.
In a Big Time Listings exclusive, we can report that the Japanese sensation, who plays for the Seattle Mariners, has purchased a unit in the building, which just opened in March. Records show that Suzuki and his wife, Yumiko, closed on the unit on March 15.

Located at 673 S. Mateo Street but now using the address of 1850 Industrial Street, the 105-unit Biscuit Company Lofts is a building that was constructed in 1925 and that was at one time the National Biscuit Company factory. Now, the building has been converted into units ranging in size from 750 to 3,779 square feet, with some three-level units, hardwood floors, brick walls, and oversized windows.

Of late, there have been some rumors, as reported in the LA Downtown News, that David Beckham and Posh Spice have purchased a pied-a-terre in the building. Public records don’t yet bear this out, and we’d be skeptical of that–as is the LA Downtown News, and as are our friends over at Curbed LA (

A new owner in that building, however, is director and quasi-real estate magnate Vincent Gallo, who in March paid $508,500 and $1,645,000 for what appear to be two separate units in the building, according to public records. Our friends at Curbed LA recently had a field day breaking the story of Gallo’s purchase, but we can now be the first to print his actual purchase prices.

Why would Ichiro purchase in the Biscuit Company Lofts? We’re not certain. Records show that he has purchased no shortage of real estate around the country, including a newly built, 3,790-square-foot house in Peoria, Ariz. in 2004 for $829,873, and another newly built, 2,998-square-foot house in the same area of Peoria in 2005 for $607,500. In addition, the All-Star has been reported to be building a new house in Medina, Wash., near where his Seattle Mariners play, although we have not yet found property ownership evidence of that. We’ll keep you posted.