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Congrats to Junior Griffey for hitting home run #600.
My profound observation of the day: 600 is a lot of home runs.
I always found Junior to be a class act, though I never understood his dislike for the Yankee organization.
I saw him homer two years ago in RFK Stadium and it's one of my favorite baseball memories.
Interstingly, he's probably only the second-best left-handed hitter born on November 21 in Donora, Pa. http://tinyurl.com/ly2t9
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[In 1983] Ken Griffey Sr., was an outfielder out of favor with the manager, the late Billy Martin. During and after a blowout defeat at Yankee Stadium, Ken Jr. and his younger brother, Craig, were among a group of 14 youngsters running up and down the hallways, tossing a ball and playing tag. They were a bit rowdy, all of them, but less disruptive than the loony storms that brewed inside the Yankee clubhouse of that time.
"Martin told one of his coaches to go up to my dad," Griffey Jr. recalled. "He wanted us out of there. Just me and my brother, nobody else. Not Lou Piniella's kid. Not Graig Nettles's kid. Not Don Baylor's kid."
Ken Griffey Sr. refused to order his children out of the corridor that day. He did not tell his two sons anything until later that night, when the kids were back home. Then, the family stored the incident away for later motivational use.
"I hold it against them and I will always play harder against the Yankees," Griffey Jr. said yesterday. "It'll never change. Every time we play these guys, I try a little extra. When I hit the grand slam, it was a great feeling.
"I'm no different than anybody else. If somebody treated your dad wrong and you had a chance to stick it to them, you'd do the same."
Congrats to Junior ...
FWIW, he had beef with the M's organziation after they released his dad, but that was quickly squashed.
That had to be one of the coolest moments in baseball history, the Griffeys playing together on the same team. Can you imagine playing MLB with your dad? Loved the way they used to carry themselves when they were together (at least in front of the cameras), playing, joking, having fun. What you would expect a father-son relationship to be.
An awesome talent, people who've only seen the oft-injured Griffey of the Cincy days really have no idea as to how great Griffey was.
It's a shame the way things developed in Seattle, from grumbling about the travel as well as not being "The Kid" any more, and the events leading up to the trade. Having said that, I can empathize with an athlete who wants to go home, who wants to play closer to his family.
But yeah, I'll always remember that smile, as well as the enthusiasm expressed after robbing Jesse Barfield of a HR @ Yankee Stadium.
As for his attitude toward the Yankees: Billy Martin was mean to him when he was thirteen years old? So what? Billy Martin was mean to lots of people. Get over it.
As far as revisionist history goes, either his swing is sweet or it isn't, either the media has been covering this as much as other similar milestones or it hasn't, and you're either impressed by the fact that he's hit 600 or you aren't. those were the main opinions being expressed here, but they are just opinions.
If there really is more regarding Senior, that's different, but the story in 6 ... nah. Sounds lame to me as an excuse. May have worked to motivate him, and if so, fine, but it sure isn't justified.
19 There probably is more to it. But on the surface, Billy (through a coach, no less) trying to punk Sr. in front of his kids, I could see where Jr. would be a bit upset. Especially if singled out, like Jr. claims.
Just think - when the Babe died in 1948, he was the all-time HR king, and the only guy with more than 535 HR. (Jimmie Foxx was second with 534.) 60 years later, that's an awfully different list.
"One day during the 1983 season, Nick Priore, the Yankees' clubhouse man, went to Ken Griffey and told him that Billy Martin, then the manager, said his two sons were making too much noise playing in the area between the clubhouse and the dugout.
Griffey resented Ken Jr. and Craig, ages 13 and 12, being singled out because they were only two of a large group of players' children running around at Yankee Stadium that day."
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