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May 9, 2008 at 10:53 PM

White Sox aftermath

I was once chastised by a reader for using the word “aftermath” in a post-game post on my Husky blog for sounding too negative and fatal.
But hard to sound too much of either in regards to this team right now.
This was as perfunctory as it gets as the White Sox got their three in the third, then accurately seemed to think that would be good enough as everybody on both sides went up swinging quickly, apparently eager to get this one over with — it lasted just 2:23.
As I mentioned earlier, the only regular position player for the Mariners who made himself available to the media afterward was Ichiro. Despite the dire circumstances — the Mariners are now nine games under .500 where they were never more than four under last year — he said there still is hope. Or, at least, the players have to believe there is still hope.
“Of course there is time,” he said. “Because looking at the ability of this team, you can tell. One good way of looking at it is that it is good we are going through this kind of phase early in the season because we still have time to recover this time of year. If we had gone through some kind of situation like that late in the season, we wouldn’t have time to recover. But something everyone should not do is brainwash themselves into thinking this is our team, this is the way we play. We must not do that.”
Interviewing Ichiro is interesting as he speaks through a translator despite having been here since 2001. He looks at you when you ask your question and there appears little doubt he understands what you are asking. Still, he waits for the translator, then gives his answer to the translator, who then gives it to us in English.
Twice tonight, Ichiro listened to the translator give us an answer, then added more.
Once came when he was asked whether the team was feeling frustration.
He responded first by saying that “of course. If we were not frustrated at this point, we should not have the privilege of wearing our uniforms.”
Then, after the translator answered, he added that “what’s especially tough what we are going through right now is that the fans have been very nice to us. Our record is not good, but you look in the stands today and there are quite a few fans who came out here. And most of the fans are watching warm-heartedly and I could tell. So the fans are reacting this way and we are not performing and that makes it extra hard.”
I’ll leave the rest of the post-mortem to Baker.

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