A big thanks to my co-worker Doug Pacey, who is covering the Rainiers’ game today and sent me some quotes from his postgame interview with Mike Sweeney, who went 3-for-4 with two two-run homers today.
Sweeney’s rehabilitation stint is over with the Mariners and the team will have to make a decision what to do with him, either he recalling him back to the team, placing him on waivers and trying to trade him or designating him for assignment.
On his health …
I’ve felt fine for about 35 days now. It’s a little unfortunate that I’ve been on the DL this long. I’ve been healthy pretty much since the day they put me on the DL. Really, it’s pretty much out of my control.
I always preach ‘control the controllables.’ Being on the DL is out of my control and being on the DL this long has been definitely out of my control.
On what will happen now that his rehab stint is up ….
I think 48 hours from now I’ll either be home with my wife and kids in San Diego, in Seattle or maybe with another team.
I feel great. If they call and me and tell me they want me to come up to Seattle, I’m ready. If I get traded to a team in the next day or two, I’m ready. If neither of those work and they tell me I’m going home I’ll be ready to be a dad.
I’m content and just waiting for God to show me what the next chapter is.
Even if I get sent home, if they release me tomorrow, baseball has been a beautiful blessing in my life. I’ll never be a guy that will walk away mule-looking or sad faced.
When I walk away, I’ll walk away with pride.
On being on the DL …
It’s been really tough. The toughest part is I’ve been disconnected from the team being on a rehab assignment this long. I miss the guys. It’s disheartening to see the things that have happened. It’s out of my control. All I can do is encourage them by calls and texts. I wish those guys great. Hopefully I’ll be a member of the team soon.
And finally, he was aware of the controversy surrounding manager Don Wakamatsu and offered these thoughts …
Don, he’s the same manager he was last year. Last year we had a great team, great chemistry, great clubhouse. This year we haven’t had that. Don has been the same guy
The same people who were praising Wak last year are the same ones that are slinging mud at him now. That’s unfair. I support him.