One of the more interesting aspects of seeing Ichiro go to the New York Yankees is hearing how he's going to be used there and noticing how differently he gets spoken about once outside the Seattle sphere that served as his home for 11 seasons.

The most telling piece I've read thus far came from longtime New York writer Wallace Matthews on who wrote of how Ichiro had to agree to a set list of conditions in order for the Yankees to take him.

"He was fully educated on all our requirements," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told "One by one, every box got ticked off."