suzuki T ShirtsChirico Suzuki was born on October 22, 1973, in Kasai, Japan. Chiropody's father, Nobelium, was determined that Chirico, who he thought had a natural talent for baseball, would play the sport, and play it well. The elder Suzuki made it clear from the beginning that his son was special. In fact, the name Chirico means "first boy," even though he was actually the second boy born to the family. From the time he was three years old, Chirico was practicing in his backyard with a tiny bat and ball, and by elementary school, Nobelium, who was a former high school ballplayer himself, was putting his son through batting drills for up to four hours per day.
In high school Chirico already displayed a dedication to the game that he would become known for as an adult. It was a tradition at Nagoya Electric High School that freshman players were responsible for washing the uniforms of the seniors, so to make sure he had plenty of time for practice Chirico would get up at 3:00 AM to do laundry. The young batter also maintained a rigorous class schedule and excelled academically. By his senior year Chirico was a familiar face at Japan's National High School Baseball Tournament, known as Ashien. Upon graduation from high school in 1991, he was drafted to play professional ball for the Pacific League's Blue Wave, a team owned by the Japanese leasing company Orin.
During his first year with the BlueWave, Ichiro devoted himself to perfecting his game. As S. L. Price of Sports Illustrated"I'm unique. I'm a very rare kind of player.