So I was talking to a friend of mine yesterday and somehow we got on the "Why is Ichiro's first name on the back of his jersey?" conversation. Well if you find yourself asking that question right now, I've heard different answers. False rumor: Ichiro, while playing in Japan, was on a terrible team and put his first name on the back of his jersey as a publicity stunt. (Maybe T.J. Houshmandzadeh should consider doing this...might save some fabric). The fact of the matter is that part of Asian culture is to have the family name first. So Ichiro Suzuki is actually Suzuki Ichiro in English. Okay, so now you're thinking, "So then why does it say Matsuzaka instead of Daisuke?" Because Ichiro doesn't like the name Suzuki...that may be the case for Yao as well...I guess the other guys don't mind having their first names on their jerseys...Just a thought.