Playing in New York will be the medicine he needs. While being a Yankee sometimes puts players under the microscope, it also will allow Ichiro to blend into a roster full of stars and desperate for someone with his skill set following the announcement that Brett Gardner will miss the remainder of the season. Ichiro will give the Yankees exactly what they expected from Gardner: great defense, speed on the bases, the ability to get on base (current .288 OBP not withstanding) and occasional power. The short porch in Yankee Stadium likely will prove quite tempting to Ichiro, whose batting practice home run exhibitions are legendary. The thrill of a pennant race, a packed house every night at home and on the road, teammates who are not only his contemporaries, but are also his peers, and being able to blend in a little in New York will make him one of the better table-setters of the stretch drive. I'm wholeheartedly buying.