Michael Morse on his trade to the Mariners and his time with the Nationals

Alex Brandon / AP

Alex Brandon / AP

Michael Morse responded to his trade back to the Seattle Mariners as anyone who had come to know over the past three-plus years would expect him to. He was grateful for his time in Washington, and he enthusiastically looked forward to rejoining the Mariners. He had only thanks for the Nationals, no ill feelings. He will miss Washington, but he had nothing negative to say in a brief phone conversation tonight. Here are Morse’s full thoughts:

On his initial feelings:

“I’m overjoyed. I’m excited. It’s a great day for me and my family to just be in this situation. For me … it’s a blessing. One of the biggest things I want to do, I want to thank the Lerner family for giving me the opportunity and making me into the player and person I’ve become. The one person that actually believed in me, Mike Rizzo, I can’t thank him enough. He’s the architect. He’s put together one of the greatest teams I ever got to be a part of. I know business is business. I think we all saw it coming. ‘Where?’ was the question. When I heard Seattle was one of the teams that was interested in me, I was really happy and excited. The fact that they actually traded for me to get me back there, it’s truly a great thing.”

On seeing the trade coming:

“I think we all did. Of course, I was the odd man out. I didn’t feel bad. There was nothing against anybody, or any decisions. It’s part of baseball. In my career, I’ve had so many ups and downs. I’ve been through things. Stuff like this doesn’t bother me. To bounce back and hear that I might be getting traded, to hear there was so many teams interested, it makes me feel like I’m doing something right.”

On how he learned of the trade:

“It was pretty cool. I looked at my phone, and I had a voicemail from Mike Rizzo. I called him up. We had such a great conversation. We just talked like friends. He thought this would be a good opportunity for me to go back there, and at the same time to get good prospects. I’m going back to an organization where I was a kid, and now I’m a man. I can’t wait to go help turn that ball club around.”

On the conversation between him and Rizzo:

“He was telling me he was a big fan of what I did in Washington. Bringing me there was a great thing for me, and a great thing for him. I’ve always believed in Mike, and he believed in me. It’s a great day for him, but it’s a sad day I had to leave. It’s a business move. He hated to see me go. At the same time, he’s going to get some good prospects. I’m going to miss it. I’m definitely going to miss the Lerners. They feel like family to me. I’m going to miss the relationships.”

On taking “Take On Me” with him to Seattle:

“I’m 50-50 right now. I feel like that’s something me and the people of D.C. kind of shared. We’ll see how it goes.”

On how he looks back on the Nationals:

“The biggest thing that I look back on is, I got an opportunity here. I always thought that I could be a good player if I got an opportunity. I got my opportunity here, and all the hard work and everything I’ve always done paid off. I finally felt like I fit in. I finally felt like I had a home. I can’t lie to you. I’m going to miss everything about D.C. Especially the team we constructed now, we got to where we got to without knowing any better. Now, those guys, they have one goal. Now being on the outside, it’s going to be fun to watch.”

On not having the chance to win a World Series in Washington:

“Baseball sometimes, the business part comes into play. I look at it just like that. Who knows what could have happened? I’m not a part of it now. But I’ve got to move on. I’m going to a great organization, an organization that I know. I’m going back as a different player than I was before. I played shortstop there. I don’t know if they still want me there, but I can still play it. I might have put on a couple pounds since I played there then.”

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