The Mariners had four unquestionably good players last year: Felix Hernandez, Adrian Beltre, Brandon Morrow, and Ichiro. Yet for the last six months, one of them--Ichiro--has been the subject of considerable bitching among former teammates and baseball scribes. The beef is that Ichiro was somehow "selfish" in his quiet insistence on not sucking-in-solidarity with his teammates. The precise instances of that selfishness have yet to be identified.
As an exasperated Derek Zumstag notes, the whole thing is ridiculous. Baseball features less teamwork than other sports, and unlike the people bitching about him--Carlos Silva, JJ Putz, etc.--Ichiro does his job. So it's nice to see it dismissed as hogwash by Ken Griffey Jr. and then, in high fashion, by the man himself:
"We're all professionals. So is it really at a level where I have to explain to others why I do something? That's at the level of like a mom telling a child, 'This is why I do things.' Maybe that was the problem last year, that we were still at that level."