The guy is great. That old record probably deserves to fall anyway. Too many of those old ones aren't possible now even though the players are better now.
The thing about Ichiro is how often he makes a single out of nothing. I love the way he gets those infield hits.
The only bit of criticism I have is that he's been a tad selfish at times while going for the record (I forget the specifics now, but it came up in their last series with the Red Sox.) There was clearly a situation where he put himself and the record before the team, but who cares.....he's the only thing selling tickets in Seattle these days anyway.