I really enjoyed this piece by John Fay about Junior. It is something that needed to be written.

Junior gets a bad rap in Cincinnati. I can only imagine how badly he would be attacked if he had averaged 40+ homers and 100+ RBI over the last 4 seasons. Players who do that can do no right in Cincinnati, evidently.

This city is insane sometimes.

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4 Responses

  1. rob

    Griffey has lived in a media fishbowl since he was at least 17 or 18 years old. He has been a polarizing figure his whole adult life. It is very understandable how reticent he is when the subject is himself.

  2. preach

    you are never going to please everyone, so there’s no sense in even trying. I like the way Jr handles business. His attitude toward the game is just as much a part of why he is my all time favorite player as his talent. Skills will always diminish, but the quality of the individual never needs to. In this age of ‘look at me’, I am glad that Jr puts his family ahead of himself. That is the definition of role model.

  3. Mark T

    From a purely baseball standpoint, the problem is that Griffey and his diminishing skills still command spot #3 in the lineup. If he would deign to bat #7, or sit out a couple of days a week, the team would be better off. But you can’t say that about a superstar.

  4. daedalus

    the problem isn’t that junior isn’t a good guy, it’s that he’ll complain about the fans or the media but won’t open up to change perceptions.

    he could do wonders for his public image by talking to fans instead of ignoring them or by showing up for things like redsfest (which he did last year, but it was a surprise). or by saying hi to a fan who sees him and says “hey junior” in a hotel instead of putting his nose in the air and ignoring them. (personal experience)

    we have given him his rich lifestyle, his yacht, by paying our money, which we have much less of, and he could at least acknowledge that. if you choose to be a public figure, there are things you have to deal with that us common folk don’t.

    i don’t know. i’m torn on junior. he was my favorite non-reds player growing up, but i can’t say i’ll be sorry to see him go. there will, of course, be some sadness, a bittersweet feeling i guess.