We just had a brief conference call with Dustin Ackley. And while you can’t completely tell over the phone a few of the things he said and the way his voice sounded, you can tell he’s still finding this whole situation surreal.
For as good as he is, and all that he has achieved in baseball, and basically knowing all of this was coming, he still seemed to have that – “I can’t believe this is really happening” attitude.
“I could never imagine all of this happening,” he said. “It’s just been so exciting, I don’t think any of it has sunk in yet.”
In the hours leading up to the deadline, Ackley said he never thought something wouldn’t get done.
“I had faith everything was going to work out and it did,” Ackley said.
While he knew everything would work out, it also sounded as though he expected the negotiations to go down to the final minutes.
“I knew coming that this could take a while,” he said.
As for details, Ackley isn’t certain when he’s reporting to Peoria. He figures to have that conversation some time later today. He actually did the conference call while waiting to board a plane back to North Carolina.
Once he does get back to playing, Ackley hopes to be playing the outfield. Last night GM Jack Zduriencik said he felt outfield was Ackley best position and on Tuesday Ackley concurred.
“I think my best position is outfield,” he said. “I think that’s were I have greats opportunity to succeed as far as running down balls and using my athleticism,” he said.
But he’ll do whatever the Mariners ask.
“I feel like if I work hard at a position, I can make a living there,” he said.