Realized projects are like bright fireworks in the sky. Unrealized projects are the dark nights. Both are both parts of the artist’s work. But the dilemma is that when people look up at the sky, they want to see fire flowers, not darkness.
Realized works leave behind substantial documentation. After a while, such images begin to replace the memory of the project itself. For this reason, an unrealized project stays with me, paradoxically, much longer - I remember it through the original imagining the work.” —Cai Guo-Qiang
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Sports Illustrated’s best baseball writer [no Tom Verducci not you] Joe Posnanski wrote yesterday that there has never been a player like Ichiro Suzuki and there likely never will be.
Pete Rose once told me that nobody — NOBODY — was going to break his hit record and, to punctuate the point, added: “And you can tell Ichiro he can count his hits in Japan.”
Well, of course, they played shorter seasons in Japan. But, by my count, Ichiro had 1,278 hits in Japan. That would give him 3,308 hits for his career. Ichiro is about to enter his 36-year-old season.
Pete Rose entering his 36-year-old season? He had 2,762 hits. That would be 546 fewer hits.
In fact, counting Japan, Ichiro has more hits than anyone had entering their age-36 season:
1. Ichiro Suzuki, 3,308
2. Ty Cobb, 3,264
3. Robin Yount, 2,878
4. Rogers Hornsby, 2,855
5. Tris Speaker, 2,794
6. Stan Musial, 2,781
7. Pete Rose, 2,762
8. Derek Jeter, 2,747
9. Mel Ott, 2,732
10.Sam Crawford, 2,711
Of course, when it comes down to it, I suspect that Pete Rose doesn’t really want to count Ichiro’s hits in Japan.