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Undercover agent Ichiro Suzuki is on the case — in the Mariners dugout

Ichiro Suzuki, special assistant to the chairman of the Seattle Mariners, donned a Bobby Valentine-style disguise and sneaked into the Seattle dugout to watch a bit of the action at Yankee Stadium.
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Ichiro Suzuki, special assistant to the chairman of the Seattle Mariners, donned a Bobby Valentine-style disguise and sneaked into the Seattle dugout to watch a bit of the action at Yankee Stadium.

Ichiro Suzuki, the Carmen Sandiego of the Mariners, was spotted last week in the Seattle dugout serving a Super Mario Bros. inspired lewk. Fooling no one, the disguise raised more questions than it answered.

Was this the first time that this had happened? Was he trolling all of us? And why set up the elaborate (if shoddy) subterfuge in the first place?

“He just loves baseball,” says Mike Pesca, host of Slate’s daily podcast “The Gist”. Pesca joined Bill Radke to discuss UpperLipGate (or Disguise-ghazi: regional differences are at play.)

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