When Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was gunning for 3,000 MLB career hits last season, he wasn’t just chasing a number associated with some of the greatest hitters the sport has ever seen. He was also in hot pursuit of baseball’s Hit King Pete Rose’s all-time record of 4,256 career hits.
Ichiro passed Rose in 2016 before he eventually reached 3,000 well, if you combine his hit totals from play in MLB and Japan. That factor clearly irked Rose, who said at the time, next thing you know, they’ll be counting his high-school hits. Ichiro had an interesting response to Rose’s comments, one that just might apply to one seemingly endless basketball debate.
When Goldberg finally reached out and gave him the green light, he extended Mason Jr. full creative control, but suggested he take a look at the Concepts. Mason Jr. had already done it. He sent Goldberg the design idea in a matter of days. It was only a matter of time before Mason Jr.’s dream became a reality.
When Mason Sr. died, Ewing sent Mason Jr. and his siblings a pair of the Ewing Concepts. Mason Jr. painted his a different color. Two years later, things have come full circle. He’s partnered with his dad’s most famous teammate on a project in memory of the man who gave him life.
I like to base all my moves off great energy, Mason Jr. said. When you’re moving in the right direction and you have your heart in the right place, things just start going forward.