The Seattle Mariners’ second baseman wanted to express his appreciation for teammate Ichiro Suzuki, who announced his retirement following the Mariners’ two-game sweep of the A’s in Tokyo last week. Gordon wanted to do more than a social-media post, so he took out a full-page ad in the Seattle Times on Thursday ahead of the Mariners’ home opener against Boston. “Honestly, I didn’t think that writing up an Instagram post or something would be meaningful enough,” Gordon said, “and he probably wouldn’t be able to see it. I thought this was over the top, too.” In the ad, Gordon wrote, “Thank you for being a great friend to me and being my favorite player to this day. … Love you, bro! You’re a part of my life forever. I hope you enjoy retirement.” Gordon and Ichiro played three seasons together with the Marlins before spending the previous two together in Seattle. Ichiro, 44, played more than 27 seasons, 18-plus in the majors.
New York City councilman Robert Cornegy Jr. — all 6 feet, 10 inches of him — was certified by Guinness World Records in January as the world’s tallest politician and honored for the distinction this week at a City Hall ceremony. Well, not so fast, Guiness. Sellers, the former Ohio State and Chicago Bulls forward, is now the mayor of his hometown, Warrensville Heights, Ohio (population: around 14,000). That gives Sellers, a 56-year-old 7-footer who averaged 6.3 points in 398 NBA games, a claim to being the tallest. North Dakota’s insurance commissioner, Jon Godfread, also wants to claim the title. A former basketball player at Northern Iowa who played professionally in Germany, Godfread says he’s 6-11¾.
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