Brendan Ryan: positive, classy, witty, dependable. These are the first words that come to mind. Since you came to the Mariners in 2011, it was clear what kind of player you were. Hardworking, respected, and a role model. Your incredible defense at shortstop was able to defend a sub-par batting average, something that rarely, if ever happens in baseball. Your hard work and veteran status made you a necessary teammate in 2011, with so many young players, all that had the utmost respect and love for you.
You handled your role this year (from starter to backup and mentor to Brad) with the utmost class. I posted a few quotes awhile back with you praising Brad for his defense. Not a lot of players are willing to take the high road like this, and for that, Brendan, I commend you.
You were a versatile, funny, and incredible shortstop, and I’m glad you were a Mariner. Wishing you all the best in NY with Ichiro. Those fans don’t know how lucky they are.