The Real Reason Why This Athlete Totally Blew Off Tom Brady

It’s safe to say that 99% of the planet knows who Tom Brady is. The man’s face is plastered everywhere and he is possibly the greatest quarterback of all time. But another widely known athlete didn’t know who he was or why he would contact him. Listen to this incredibly funny story about Ichiro blowing off Tom Brady and why Tom Brady was so desperate to talk to him.

Tom wanted to have a chat with Ichiro

Ichiro Suzuki #51 of the Miami Marlins delivers a pitch during the eighth inning of an MLB game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Tom Brady was interested in speaking with this famous baseball star. | Adam Hunger/Getty Images

Celebrities and athletes live in a different world compared to the rest of us plebes. Anytime they want, they can get each other’s numbers and give them a call out of the blue. If we were to do that, they’d call it stalking. I digress.

Well Tom Brady, the guy who loves to text, sent Ichiro one in hopes of sparking up a conversation. The funny thing is, Ichiro has no idea who Tom Brady is.

Next: How the events played out were hilarious.

‘Who the f— is Tom Brady?’

Tom Brady wearing a blue jacket and beanie on the baseball field.

Ichiro did not know about the well-known quarterback. | Jim Rogash/Getty Images

According to the story from The Athletic by Peter Gammons, Ichiro got a random text message while at spring training in 2017. He mentioned something to his coaches about a text message that he had received but he didn’t recognize the number. The coaches asked what the guy’s name was on the text and Ichiro scrolled down and asked “Some guy named Tom Brady. Who the f— is Tom Brady?”

Next: Aside from the utter hilarity, here is why Tom Brady wanted to get ahold of Ichiro.

Tom wanted to study Ichiro’s stretching techniques

Ichiro Suzuki on the field for the marlins.

Ichiro Suzuki is very popular and known for being incredibly fit and flexible. | Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images

Both Tom Brady and Ichiro are incredible athletes and prolific scholars of their disciplines. Ichiro is apparently so focused on baseball that he didn’t even lift his head up to see one of the millions of ads with Tom Brady’s face on it.

Tom wanted to know more about Ichiro’s stretching techniques an wanted to meet in person. As you can imagine, being the man in the position Ichiro is in, that had to be extremely creepy to get from a random number.

Next: Here’s why an aging luminary of football wants to study his techniques. 

Tom Brady has a side hustle

Tom Brady stands on a football field.

Brady focuses on his own health brand when he’s not on the field. | Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Tom Brady and his personal trainer, Alex Guerrero, have a diet and exercise plan called the TB12 method. It’s a holistic approach to diet and exercise that focuses on lean meats and healthy fruits and vegetables.

Ichiro is at peak physical shape and he’s been playing baseball professionally for over 20 years. Naturally, one could assume that Tom Brady wanted to know more about his methods to incorporate them into his TB12 method.

Next: Tom may have wasted his time because Ichiro’s training stretching isn’t free form or holistic at all.

The man looks like he’s about to fight a Xenomorph

Ichiro Suzuki swinging a bat.

Suzuki’s training methods are rather obscure. | Brian Blanco/Getty Images

A lot of us go to the gym, and a few of us have some form of personal exercise equipment at home. But almost no one in the United States has what Ichiro uses. This machine is custom made by World Wing Enterprise. Simply put they’re “the company that researches and develops advanced training techniques.” They also built the machine you see Ichiro saddled into above.

Next: Ichiro’s stretching really goes to the core of what the TB12 method is all about. Here’s how.

Pliability sets you up for preventing injury

Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki sits in the losing dugout after game five of the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees.

The two athletes would be smart to team up and work together. | Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

The whole purpose of the TB12 method is to reduce the chances of you getting harmed in rigorous exercise through promoting an entire lifestyle full of vitality. Naturally, Ichiro’s approach looks as though it would be a great addition to the TB12 method considering how great he’s doing.

Next: Here’s why it shouldn’t be apart of the TB12 method.

The TB12 method relies heavily on what you can do at home

Tom Brady drinking electrolyte water.

What did Tom Brady have to gain from meeting with Ichiro? | Tom Brady via Instagram

In a departure of what you might think is a world-class athletes fitness regiment, Tom Brady relies heavily on bands. The whole TB12 method teaches you exercises that are intended  for “lengthening and softening of muscles before and after physical activity.” Something they call “pliability”.

Given the fact that the exercises rely on these rubber bands, the giant contraption that Ichiro uses wouldn’t fit.

Next: Did Ichiro and Tom Brady exchange notes?

It’s unclear if Ichiro finally got to know Tom Brady

The baseball player kneels down while holding his baseball bat.

The friendship we didn’t know we needed. | Eric Espada/Getty Images

As far as we can tell, the two didn’t get any further than the text exchange. However, it wouldn’t surprise us if the TB12 method started selling super advanced trainer machines to join their holistic products that are all for sale.

Or maybe Ichiro just went on not knowing “who the f—” Tom Brady is.

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