Wish I could take credit for this interesting interview, but instead it’s the new Hot Stone League blog by my colleague, Larry Stone, down in Florida that got hold of former Mariners closer J.J. Putz. Stone asked Putz about the team’s clubhouse problems last season.
“There were just some guys that just aren’t really team guys,” Putz said. “There’s a lot of guys that are team guys in there. There was definitely some butting heads on certain things. What the hell can you do? Some guys are just stubborn.”
Putz would not name anybody specifically.
“I’m not going to throw anyone under the bus. But I think everybody knows who everybody is talking about. It is what it is. Hopefully, it changes for them over there.”
Stone then asked him to comment specifically on Ichiro. I’ll refer you to his blog if you want to read the rest. It’s pretty honest stuff.
And no, Putz was not my “clubhouse insider” source from last fall. Didn’t have to be. There were plenty of insiders to choose from. He’s just telling you folks what really went on last season once the television remotes were clicked off.
February 15, 2009 at 3:33 PM