Remember That Time Ichiro Met Michael Jordan In 1995?

Watch the 22-year-old future Hall of Famer adorably geek out meeting his idol.

In 1995, a 22-year-old, scrawny, star-struck Ichiro Suzuki met Michael Jordan at the peak of his career. At the time Ichiro was a complete unknown to Americans. In Japan, he was a budding star. Watch him bug out.

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2. Here’s Ichiro looking absolutely adorable in front of MJ’s locker.

Yes, that is a Tom and Jerry turtleneck sweater!

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3. Here he is shaking hands with his idol.

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Commence freak out in…

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8. OHH

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9. MY

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10. GODDD!

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11. Here’s MJ complimenting the youngster’s shoes.

This is especially interesting for anyone who has read Wright Thompson’s recent profile on MJ, because apparently shoes are the first thing Jordan notices about people.

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At the time, Hideo Nomo had just completed his first season in the MLB and won rookie of the year. He was the first Japanese-born player to permanently relocate to Major League Baseball in the U.S.

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13. Here’s MJ’s reaction to Ichiro saying he hit his first home run off Nomo.

Translation: “Oh, shit. This little guy’s pretty good.”

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14. Memories for a lifetime.

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15. Check out the entire surreal meeting, complete with inspiring mid-90s tunes:

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