08/06/09 1:10 PM ET
Guthrie apologizes for avoiding media
Veteran leaves clubhouse before addressing reporters
By Spencer Fordin / MLB.com
"I'm apologetic for not making myself available," he said, "when obviously it was a game in which I pitched and needed to make some comments, to talk about how well the team played. I think we played really, really well defensively and we got shut down by a really good pitcher who was on top of his game."
Guthrie, who had never missed an interview before, said that he understood that he had a responsibility to his fans, and more to the point, that he sets an example to Baltimore's quartet of rookie starting pitchers. The right-hander said frankly that he understands that speaking after his starts is part of his job.
"Ultimately, I was hoping to take a night off," he said. "And looking back on it, it was not the right decision, especially in this circumstance. I guess my regret is that I did it and it was kind of misinterpreted. Hopefully, going forward, I anticipate making myself available for all the standard times that we have to be available."
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.