This is a must-read from Ken Rosenthal, and more directly, our old buddy, Shin-Soo Choo. This is Choo’s farewell letter to Chris Antonetti and the Indians organization. It also covers his new team’s first-hand impressions of everything we already knew about him as a player.
But this is special. Written in English (a very nice touch) and shared, presumably, unedited with The Great Bow-Tied One:
“After the trade … so many things are running through my mind … Six years ago … From the time I first arrived in Cleveland, all the way up til now… From Seattle, where I had no chance of playing … to the Cleveland Indians, where I was finally given a great chance to be an everyday player.
“I want you to know that my family and I will always be thankful for this opportunity and want you to know how much I will remember the chance I was given in Cleveland … Because I firmly believe that without this opportunity, there is no Shin-Soo Choo and I would not be remembered.
“I know that baseball is a business, but whenever I would see you in the clubhouse … and see the emotional strain on your face … I would feel really bad … I would even say to myself, ‘Let’s try harder and make a great team.’ And I tried really hard for you … but unfortunately, the players just weren’t able to answer your emotional call.
“Now that I have been traded, I have so many things I feel bad about … but I firmly believe that Cleveland will change for the better. You have a lot of young and talented players … but most importantly … players that will listen and follow your leadership … As a result, I know you will get great performances and results in the near future.
“I am going to miss everyone within the organization … from the trainers who have watched over and taken care of me … to the clubhouse personnel.
“With that said and even though physically we are parting ways, everyone will always be in my heart and will always be in my thoughts and memory.”
The Reds got a hell of a guy. Choo deserves all the success he can get.