"We know it's difficult for our fans to see," said general manager Jack Zduriencik. "We all want to put a winning product out there to get everybody excited, but sometimes you have to know when to fold 'em and look to the future of your team."
When reached for comment, Ichiro had this to say: "I think it help me. I always admire the Oly Rollers and how they committed to winning above all else no matter how much they hated. I'm excited to play for a winner. I want a ring just like everybody else."
"We're excited to have him," said Brian Cashman, general manager of the Oly Rollers. "We think he'll look really good in Oly pinstripes." But what does Cashman think about the imbalance in competition that has plagued
Obviously, the Arizona fans have a different perspective. To them, this scenario is all too familiar. This fanbase once endured 4-year period that saw the departures of Randy Johnson, Ken Griffey, Jr., and Alex Rodriguez in succession. "We know our fans aren't happy to see this happen again. I'm not happy. Hell, Eric Wedge is furious," Zduriencik opined. "But at the end of the day this is the reality of our sport. All we can do is make the best of a bad situation and move forward."