After issuing a brief statement Monday saying he’d never forget the Seattle Mariners, the fans or the friends he’d made here, Kenji Johjima told the team he’d be holding a conference call with the media soon.
Turns out, however, he didn’t mean with the American media.
Joh, who was never comfortable enough with the Northwest press to open up about himself, apparently still isn’t. Willing to talk to the Japanese media about his reasons for walking away from the final two years of his contract, he didn’t even want to talk to the press here long distance.
It’s certainly no reflection on his play here, or his effort as a Mariner or even his relationship with the Seattle fans.
Joh never let American writers – and, by extension, his fans – to know him except on the field.
With his departure from the big leagues, that didn’t change.