It’s hard to say this, but for some reason I am rooting for the ghost of George Sisler. Perhaps it has something to do with watching Ichiro trying to bunt for base hits with men on base and two outs against the Sox last weekend, positively selfish acts. Or maybe it has something to do with the fact that 83% if Ichiro’s hits are singles. William Rhoden might (unfairly) accuse me of rooting for the old “BE”, but if one looks at Sisler’s statistics the year he set the record, which included 19 homers, 49 doubles, 19 triples, and 42 steals, it seems to me that this new mark, if set, will be a case of an accomplishment of the inferior. I have asserted that it’s absurd to compare players across eras, and this may be a bit of a double standard for me, but something doesn’t sit right with Ichiro’s run. It’s not unimpressive what Suzuki is doing, and he’s certainly a world-class player (as exciting to watch as most of them), but some part of me wants this record to stand, even as I root for the surly Bonds to catch and pass the legendary Babe.