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Joanna Hall with a baseball signed by Ichiro Suzuki. Credit: Keegan Hall

SEATTLE — A Bonney Lake woman got the surprise of a lifetime when she met her hero at the Safeco Field dugout.

Joanna Hall has a number of disabilities including Cerebal Palsy and cataracts.

She looks forward to attending a Mariners game once a year, on her birthday. She is undoubtedly the Mariners’ number one fan, according to her family. She knows all the players, her room is decked out in all things M and even records every single game, so she can re-watch them during the off-season.

Her favorite player of all time–Ichiro Suzuki.

Even though he’s sporting a Yankees jersey these days, Hall wears a different Mariners or Ichiro T-shirt every day and attends every Mariners-Yankees game, so she can cheer on her hero.

This year, her family wanted to surprise her and arranged a special night.

At Thursday’s Mariners /Yankees game at Safeco Field, Hall got to hang out right by the dugout, and meet her hero, Ichiro. Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter also stopped to shake her hand.

She even got an autographed baseball!

Needless to say, the surprise was a home run for Ichiro’s number one fan.



Joanna Hall from Bonney Lake meets her idol, Ichiro Suzuki. Credit: Keegan Hall


Mariners fan Joanna Hall meets Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter. Credit: Keegan Hall

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1 Comment

  • Jen C.

    I met Joanna and her family over 12 years ago. I remember every time that I saw her she had on a Mariners shirt and would talk about her love for the Mariners and Ichiro. She is definitely their #1 fan! Seeing this article just made my day. So happy that her dream came true.