After 11-and-a-half seasons with Seattle, Ichiro’s trade to the Yankees came as a surprise. Once Mariners fans got over the initial shock, several wanted to thank him for his time in Seattle and wish him luck in New York.
Amy Franz, better known as the Ichimeter Lady, learned of Ichiro’s trade via Twitter. Initially, the news made her sick, but she was eventually able to come to terms with the deal.
Franz said she will continue to update her Ichimeter and send out tweets, although they won’t be as frequent because it will be harder for her to track Ichiro from New York.
To show his gratitude for her support, Ichiro autographed the Ichimeter during batting practice and even gave her a high-five.