MIAMI -- Eduardo Nunez wasn't watching when former teammate Ichiro Suzuki recorded his 3,000th Major League hit Sunday, but Nunez will get a chance to congratulate him while the team is in Miami this week.
"I don't know," Nunez said of how the conversation will go. "I'm gonna say he's an amazing human and he deserves it."
It won't be the first time Nunez congratulated the international icon for reaching a milestone.
A teammate of Ichiro's with the Yankees in 2012 and '13, Nunez was in the dugout when Ichiro notched his 4,000th career hit between the United States and Japan three years ago at Yankee Stadium.
Wide-smiled, Nunez walked up the steps of the dugout to applaud Ichiro along with the rest of his team.
"He's amazing. He deserves all those kinds of things," Nunez said. "That was an amazing moment and one of the best memories in my life."
Ichiro is known for having one of the greater baseball minds in the game, which is why Nunez said he tried to absorb as much as he could from him while the two played together.
One thing that specifically stood out to Nunez was the way Ichiro stretched and took care of his body. Nunez said he's taken that with him, and it may have helped his numbers, as he's in the middle of the best offensive season of his career.
"How he thinks, prepares and competes. How his mind works," Nunez said. "You take all those with you, for sure."
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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.