Tokyo salutes baseball 'god' Ichiro Suzuki

    Ichiro Suzuki is introduced prior to the game between Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics at Tokyo Dome.

    (CNN)The cheering began well before the Japanese "god" reached home plate.

    It was the top of the third inning in the MLB regular-season opener between the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics at the Tokyo Dome, and Mariners shortstop Tim Beckham reached first base on a single. But the roars from the crowd likely weren't all for him, as an all-time great was on deck.