I've been watching baseball pretty avidly since I was 8 (more than 35 years now, horrifying as that is to type). And while Ichiro may not have been the best player I've ever seen (he rarely walked or hit with power), I think he's been my favorite player to watch.
Baseball is a game where teams are currently trying to innovate to gain a slight advantage over other teams. The Yankees failure to do this has become almost their franchise identity, but missing another opportunity this year is nonetheless unfortunate.
After a flurry of expensive free agent signings the Yankees have upgraded modestly in center, and significantly behind the plate, but they have gotten much worse at second base and have done nothing about big holes at shortstop and third base.
Ichiro Suzuki has gotten over 200 hits for 10 consecutive seasons in the major leagues -- a major league record. This streak is a testament to Ichiro's ability to not only hit well every season, but also to stay injury-free (a combination of fitness and good luck).
Baseball milestones will be reached, and records may fall, this season. But you can bet that by season's end DiMaggio's hitting streak, celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, will still be standing.