There were things he could have said and, from the point of view of his fans, things perhap Don Wakamatsu should have said upon being fired as manager of the Seattle Mariners.
In a conference call with the media this afternoon, Wakamatsu said nothing in anger - taking the high road as he walked away from a franchise he'd guided for just 274 games.
He started by thanking the organization for giving him the opportunity to manage, his coaching staff - those fired with him and those who stayed on - for their work and dedication, the fans for their support and the media for its fairness.
Asked to confirm reports that he and his staff weren't consulted about the Cliff Lee trade last month, Wakamatsu said he didn't want to get into details of this season, the roster decisions beyond his control and the awkward, disheartening retirement of Ken Griffey Jr.
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Wakamatsu did say he was disappointed that pitching coach Rick Adair, and bench coach Ty Van Burklo whose work over the last year and a half was such a part of the team's 2009 success, were fired with him.
"Unfortunate they had to go with me. When manager gets fired, when an organization wants to go in a different direction, some guys are victims of that," Wakamatsu said. "What Rick has done in the last year and a half is bar none."
His immediate plans are to drive to Oregon's Hood River to visit his parents and grandparents, then fly home to Texas to be with his family.
Wakamatsu said there is one memory of Seattle he will always carry with him.
"That last day of last year, that was pretty special, that connection with the fans," he said. "That will stay with me my whole life. I'm not bitter about anything. I'm thankful. I have a measure of disappointment."