Gideon Rubin dropped me a line to let me know that a more detailed interview he conducted with Eri Yoshida was recently posted by the Chico Enterprise-Record. A snip:
Yoshida's playing status has been dismissed as a "gimmick" by cynics; something she acknowledges makes her "not feel very good."
But, "a professional athlete has to accept (the criticism)," she said.
It's something she'll have to overcome in trying to convince front offices in affiliated ball to give her a chance.
"She's not taken seriously," Templeton said. "Most people think of her as a novelty act, but you've got to look at her as if you're looking at one of these guys that are out here trying to make it right now.
"A lot of it depends on whether or not somebody likes you and is willing to give you a chance. I don't see anything different between her and the (male) players."