Let the record show that Ichiro Suzuki's first Yankees curtain call came on national television during baseball's most cherished rivalry.

What, you thought this guy would have his first big Yankees moment against Cleveland?

You can still wonder how much Ichiro will ultimately help his new team pick up World Series title No. 28. Yet no one disputed he would embrace this atmosphere. So he did last night when his two solo homers off Josh Beckett propelled the Yankees to an important 4-1 victory over the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.

When the new Yankee ripped his second homer of the night, a sixth-inning line drive to right field that accounted for the home team's final run, the Stadium crowd chanted "I-chi-ro!" and successfully convinced the future Hall of Famer to step out of the Yankees' dugout and salute the faithful with a flourish.