WATCH: Ichiro meets Michael Jordan ... in 1995

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

There usually isn't anything all that exciting about two of the world's biggest sports celebrities meeting in person, but this isn't one of those times.

With a hat tip to's Matt Monagan, here is Ichiro Suzuki meeting Michael Jordan in Chicago way back in 1995. It appears the 20th anniversary of their meeting was just Tuesday:

The video is in Japanese, but let's face it, you don't need to speak the language to appreciate the starstruck look on the then-22-year-old Ichiro's face. Oh, and that Tom and Jerry turtleneck? That's the star of the show right there.

Jordan asked Ichiro if he was planning to play in the United States, according to Monagan, and the response was classic Ichiro wit: "Once my arm gets as big as yours, then I'll think about it."

Ichiro, now 42, is only 65 hits shy of 3,000 for his big league career. He had another 1,278 hits in Japan before coming over to MLB.

Ichiro and his Tom and Jerry sweater met Michael Jordon 20 years ago.
Ichiro and his Tom and Jerry sweater met Michael Jordan 20 years ago. (YouTube screen grab)

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