Tadahito Iguchi threw out the first pitch before Thursday night’s White Sox game. And no, he didn’t do it while horizontal to the ground.
The starting second baseman on the 2005 World Series championship team, Iguchi just retired from his professional baseball career, a 21-year tenure as a pro in both Japan and the United States.
In addition to his first pitch, Iguchi got a congratulatory video featuring messages from Ozzie Guillen, Paul Konerko, Kenny Williams, Geoff Blum, Hawk Harrelson and Jerry Reinsdorf.
Iguchi will always be remembered as a key cog on that championship squad, a much-beloved team that’s still very much in the minds of fans more than a decade after the fact.
“It was his dream,” Iguchi said through a translator before Thursday’s game, “and it came true.”
And, of course, he’ll be remembered for this:
Now that his playing days are behind him, Iguchi has his sights on what’s next, and what’s next could be a future as a major league manager, that is if Iguchi gets his way.
And maybe that future could be with the White Sox.
“He doesn’t know yet, but in the future he wants to wear the uniform in Major League Baseball.
“About two years ago, he was invited for SoxFest, and he remembers he spoke to Jerry about wanting to come back to the Chicago White Sox again.”
If the ovation he received at Guaranteed Rate Field was any indication, White Sox fans would be happy to see more of Iguchi, too.