It’s only fitting Ichiro would give a nod to Bobby Valentine and his infamous mustache disguise while in the Big Apple on Thursday.
The former outfielder for the Mariners, Yankees and Marlins was spotted on Seattle’s bench during an afternoon game between the Mariners and Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
Ichiro hiding in the @Mariners dugout wearing a fake mustache…
This season is awesome#GoMariners #TrueToTheBlue pic.twitter.com/W8ht0RIlos
— Russell Hartness (@RussellHartness) June 22, 2018
As a team executive, Ichiro is not allowed in the dugout once the game starts, hence the clever disguises with the low hat, hood and bushy facial hair.
Earlier this season Ichiro said something like this might happen.
“During the game I will be doing the same preparations I’ve been doing the entire time. Nothing is going to change for me that I did as a player,” Suzuki said in May when his new role with the team was announced. “But I can’t say for certain that maybe I won’t put on a beard and glasses and be like Bobby Valentine and be in the dugout.”
Valentine, who pulled a similar stunt as manager of the Mets in 1999 after being ejected from a game, expressed his appreciation in a text to The Associated Press saying: “He was perfect. I never would have known it was him.”
No word yet as to whether or not Ichiro will be punished for his attempted deception.