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September 26, 2008 at 1:54 PM

Rowland-Smith defends Ichiro

Ryan Rowland-Smith just updated his blog on Prolebrity.com and has a new section out addressing the Ichiro issue and coming to his teammate’s defense. Says he took the old blog down because of the poor timing in having put it up in the midst of the entire Ichiro controversy yesterday. So, there. Mystery solved.
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.

We’ll see whether his teammates take his suggestion.
ADDITIONAL COMMENT (6:20 p.m.): And for Babbcock, in the comments thread, just FYI, we linked to the RRS blog after the CEO of Prolebrity pointed it out, emailed the link to us, and asked for the publicity. Just as they’ve done every other time we’ve published his blog before now. Hope that clears up any confusion you might have.
And for Finn, yes, it’s real cowardly. Next time, we’ll do the brave thing and just sit on stuff and let you go on fantasizing that the clubhouse is one big happy place and has been all year.
For Savmannah, nope, not worried at all. I completely trust what the source told me and know what was said about Ichiro was true. Not sure why you’re so angry at me. If you think every sports story of import in this country is going to have all named sources, you’re either still living in the 1940s or haven’t gotten around much. Or, you’re from a place where you’ve never had any serious sports reporting. I don’t think I’ve led any of you astray before with anonymous sources that turn out to be bunk. So, please, if you don’t have the stomach for it, go read MLB.com. If you want to read a fan site, you can always go to USS Mariner. We’re not a fan site. If you don’t like what I’m writing simply because Ichiro is the subject, go read someone who will tell you what you want to hear. LOL!

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