As you guys know RRS had a blog entry on his site that was removed later that day today he explains why. And can you guess why?
Ichiro of course as you know on that day there was an article posted saying one of the players wanted to knock out Ichi and RRS not wanting to add fire to the fuel removed it.(No RRS is nat a Ichi hater) Here is what he had to say about it.
"Ichiro is very very respected in the clubhouse, yes as a player but most of all as a teammate. He is a class act, a true professional, and has so much respect for the game of baseball. Any player who gives you 200 hits every year, who is never on the DL , and who plays amazing defense is hardly selfish. And any teammate of a guy like that who has a problem needs to seriously step back and look at what they’re saying. I just can’t picture any one of my teammates feeling what was said in that article, and it is a real shame that the public has a reason to feel negative about a player like that . A guy who could never ever be replaced on any team.
Also when you’re losing 100 games and fans still want to come to Safeco to watch us play, chances are its to watch a ONE OF A KIND like Ich. "
Then he closes by saying:
"Bottom line is this, and I’ve said it in my previous blogs, despite what people want to say about us, all of us want to win. We want to win these last three games of 08. We want to win in 2009, then the next year and so on.
When you’re in the middle of losing 100 games its so easy for people outside the clubhouse to say what they want and form opinions. But every single one of us busted our ass everyday and came to the field trying to win that day.
We will bust our ass next year too.
In three days we start over 0 wins and 0 losses, and trust me, we will do everything we can to add to that win column in ‘09. "
Hope this clears some things up.(RRS just moved up to one of my favorite M's this year.)