Many players have entered sports' fiercest rivalry in a lot of ways. None will be taking the avenue Ichiro Suzuki will travel Friday night.

That's when Ichiro, a Yankee for three games, sticks his toes into the Red Sox-Yankees madness for the first time when the blood rivals open a three-game series at Yankee Stadium.

He is among the best players of his generation, a legitimate Hall of Fame candidate and acquired to give the Yankees' lineup a boost with his legs.

At 38, Ichiro has seen a lot of live baseball except Red Sox-Yankees.

"When I watched those games on TV they looked like fighting, not in a real sense, but physically,'' he said. "It was more like a fighting atmosphere is what I felt watching TV.''