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Where’s All The Hoopla For Ken Griffey Jr’s 600th Home Run?

April 15th, 2008 . by admin

Ken Griffey Jr approaching 600 home runsIf you’re scanning a sports website or TV channel this week, you’ll see tons of news on the NBA playoffs, or Tiger Woods hurting his poor knee. What you WON’T see is much of any celebration on Ken Griffey Jr. approaching the 600th home run milestone. I believe this is so unfair and hypocritical because Ken Griffey may be the first player in the last 35 years to reach 600 without cheating. He’s being forced to quietly make history in the shadows.

As much negative press ESPN gave Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa for their alleged steroid use, you’d think they would take the initiative and celebrate a man who did things the right way.
Griffey isn’t receiving special “home run countdowns” from the worldwide leader in sports. ESPN doesn’t cut into other programs with live at-bats of Ken stepping to the plate.

As much as I watch ESPN, I believe they have to be held accountable for their actions. It makes me absolutely sick to see their analysts gang up, pile on, and turn up their noses at Barry Bonds yet not publicize something positive. They aren’t in the business of promoting or protecting the sanctity of sports, they’re in the business of sensationalizing everything for ratings.

The saddest part of all of this is I’ll be watching Pardon The Interruption tomorrow afternoon like nothing happened. I make myself sick.

72 Responses to “Where’s All The Hoopla For Ken Griffey Jr’s 600th Home Run?”

  1. comment number 1 by: AdamNo Gravatar

    More true words have never been spoken. The last thing the sports world needs is to start emulating Hollywood, yet that looks to be the direction things are going.
    Even as a die-hard Cubs fan, I have been, and will continue to, cheer on Griffey in his quest for 600. I only hope people will start to show the man a little love for this amazing accomplishment!

  2. comment number 2 by: Zuri BerryNo Gravatar

    Dude, you are so right on. ESPN drops the ball when there’s no controversy. And KG Jr has definitely lost favor with TV folk since he got hurt multiple times and he’s playing for the Reds. It couldn’t be more sad how many games we’re gonna watch this year (all 19) of the Yankees and Red Sox. But how many of the Pirates and Reds will you see? The WWL has a clear east coast bias.

  3. comment number 3 by: JoshNo Gravatar

    “Griffey isn’t receiving special “home run countdowns” from the worldwide leader in sports.”

    Except he is. They have a sweet graphic they show during sportscenter/baseball tonight when he hits a home run.

    And if you’ll take a trip with me in my time machine, you’ll see that ESPN only does live cut-ins when the milestone has a chance to be achieved within that at-bat.

    Just wait until Griffey is at 599, he will get coverage.


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  5. comment number 5 by: DanNo Gravatar

    I would have to agree with the first two. I myself am a young Reds fan and watch the games for fun , I do realize the lack of attention for Griffey. He is an extremely nice man and a great ballplayer. He needs to be given credit for his true achievements. I believe he has lost favour because he got hurt, but getting hurt came with age like it should. He’s slowing down because he’s not recovering unlike a Barry Bonds. I enjoy watching his sweet swing and agree ESPN (which most sports fan watch daily) should give Griffey (595) some coverage of the last homeruns before 600!

  6. comment number 6 by: JoelNo Gravatar

    I have to agree with this. ESPN’s lack of ALL sports is disappointing. Where’s all the excitement over college baseball? Right now, as we speak, we have a no.1 vs. no. 2 battle up in Tallahassee as the no. 2 Seminoles go up against my no. 1 Miami Hurricanes, two arch-rivals, and it isn’t even on TV!!!

  7. comment number 7 by: robNo Gravatar

    i have been to 3 reds games so far and he is only on 597, but i agree with this whole heartedly!! go REDS!!! go Griffey!!! he is by far and away the most naturally talented least controversial player in baseball, and he deserves some recognition!!! and he is not a little punk like oho cinco!! go #3!!!!!!!

  8. comment number 8 by: KrisNo Gravatar

    Have you not noticed that every time Griffey hits a homerun, they put an animated bug on the screen that shows how close he is to 600? Pay attention before you start firing shots across the bow. Believe me, they will honor the milestone. When he gets close, they will televise his games or at least go to his at-bats live.

  9. comment number 9 by: Chris BNo Gravatar

    Dude, I was just thinking this. As a reds fan in Austin Texas I dont get to see a lot of games on Tv. Im hoping he can wait till there in Houston to hit number 600!!! GO REDS!!

  10. comment number 10 by: StephenNo Gravatar

    Don’t get me wrong, I love Griffey, but the funny thing is he DOES get coverage, especially on ESPN. I can’t count how many times they show a highlight of him hitting one out over the past year, and watching them change the board in Cincy’s stadium. Oh and they do have a countdown graphic when he hits a homer this season and every time he does, and the Sportscenter anchors always comment on the beauty of his swing. And the best part, how some of the commentators like Skip Bayless on First Take believes he would be ahead of Bonds if Griffey had stayed healthy. Its hard to stay healthy for that long without juicing up. Like I said in the beginning, I believe Griffey has been the best player to grace the game in the past 25 years, but I think he gets the publicity he should. He’s not what he used to be and thus shouldn’t get as much coverage as others. But just watch, when hits 600, that will be the top story on ESPN for probably 2-3 days.

  11. comment number 11 by: warrenNo Gravatar

    The main problem with the whole premise of this discussion is not whether or not he is getting enough publicity. People who care enough will be watching, and it will be replayed adnauseum on t.v. and will probably be accessable from a computer.
    Everyone is assuming he never juiced! After playing baseball my whole life including pissing away a full ride and eventually playing 4 years (5 including injury redshirt) of div III ball at UW-LaCrosse(a notorious jock fallback school) I never came across any steroids or other performance enhancers. However, if I did, I am sure I would have tried them! I am pretty sure that most of the league with few exceptions(most likely the anti-drug bible thumpers) have at least tried them, after all it was not against the rules, and those who were using had an edge. Thats what atheletes do, and I would not put it past Jr. In fact, Sr probably used something as well! I know he was at least taking amphetemines while playing and late in his career he could have been given anabolics. The fact is, we have unfairly singled out Bonds as the boogyman. Pull the fleece from your eyes people, they don’t think its cheating because everyone was doing it. I think more people should listen to Canseco as he is the only one not trying to save his image, career, or shot at the hall of fame. Thats only reason we have these unrealistic pleas of innocent from The “rocket” “big mac” bonds, palmero ect….. recognize and deal with it, both should be playing right now, and this witch hunt for past users is just ignorant, and so are the people calling for an asterik!

  12. comment number 12 by: Brant TedeschiNo Gravatar

    Maybe the reason why there is no Griffey countdown is because he gets hurt every year. Then by the time he comes back and gets in his groove. . he gets hurt yet again. In his hayday, he was one of the most popular players in the league.

    Maybe there should be a countdown to when he gets hurt next.

  13. comment number 13 by: Jack RobertsNo Gravatar

    Also Griffey had many injuries and the media looked the other way as Griffey often was on the IR list. ESPN is more concerned controversy as mlb baseball broadcasts are drawing less than one tenth the audience of the Ultimate Fighting Championships. MLB is boring TV!!!

  14. comment number 14 by: SterlingAugNo Gravatar

    I hope Ken Jr. keeps going and breaks 700 HRs, then my 1991 game jersey that Ken signed for me 12 years ago will really go up in value.

  15. comment number 15 by: ricardoNo Gravatar

    why doesn’t everyone just flood ESPN with mail requesting coverage on ken Jr?

  16. comment number 16 by: craigNo Gravatar

    “…Ken Griffey may be the first player in the last 35 years to reach 600 without cheating.”

    For whatever definition of “cheating” the author assumes, how does he know Griffey hasn’t cheated?

    “He’s being forced to quietly make history in the shadows.”

    How is he being “forced”? Is Griffey entitled to a parade? Seems to me every athlete’s job is to play the game. What else comes is not an entitlement.

    “As much negative press ESPN gave Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa for their alleged steroid use, you’d think they would take the initiative and celebrate a man who did things the right way.”

    Perhaps they don’t think Griffey has done anything the “right way”. More sense of entitlement from the author.

  17. comment number 17 by: EricNo Gravatar

    I don’t watch baseball, but I have heard of Griffen before. I too despise the news these past several years. To ignore such a human accomplishment? Meh. I’m right there with you.

  18. comment number 18 by: JamesNo Gravatar

    Part of the problem, unfortunately, is that baseball is a dying sport. Less kids are playing it, fewer people are watching it and even the fringe spectators are fed up with the controversies (steroids, strikes, etc). The only way any TV outlet is going to generate any significant interest, in baseball stories like this, is to hyperbolize even the most trivial controversy (not that all of the controversies are trivial), so that the viewer will pay attention and see the ads they are displaying on the tv. If there were any controversy surrounding JR, you can bet the tv coverage surrounding the chase for 600 would be double or triple what it is now.

  19. comment number 19 by: ChuckNo Gravatar

    Craig,

    Using your logic, no athlete would ever receive a pat on the back for their special milestones. If you ask me “how do you know Griffey hasn’t cheated”… I’ll ask you “how do you know Griffey HAS?”"

    there have been no allegations or evidence suggesting he’s used performance enhancing drugs. Does every innocent person need to be put on trial before they can receive kudos?

  20. comment number 20 by: JohnNo Gravatar

    “you’ll see tons of news on the NBA playoffs, or Tiger Woods hurting his poor knee. What you WON’T see is much of any celebration on Ken Griffey Jr.”

    OR NHL playoff coverage. ESPN SUCKS

  21. comment number 21 by: MichaelNo Gravatar

    In ESPN’s defense, they are doing a countdown for each Ken Griffey (600) and Manny Ramirez (500). I do not believe they will start cutting into broadcasts until either of them reach the milestone, since neither of them are chasing down a person with a major record. If you watched ESPN, they didn’t cut into broadcasts every time Bonds took the plate until he was tying or passing Ruth and Aaron. Watch for the cut-ins when Griffey is sitting at 599…or at least, an instant highlight as soon as it happens.

    Plus, did you see any countdown for A-Rod getting to 500 before the age of 32. He will end up shattering all of the records, and probably is doing it clean. However, do not expect a “countdown” scenario until he is closing in on 700. Then, you’ll see your countdowns.

  22. comment number 22 by: JonNo Gravatar

    Yeah, Ken Griffey Jr. has always been my favorite baseball player. No cheating, no arrests, no stupidity, no steroids. He has a family. In spite of all the injuries, he keeps playing. Ken is the Man!


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  24. comment number 24 by: AnonymousNo Gravatar

    There’s not a single white person on this website.


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  26. comment number 26 by: ChukDNo Gravatar

    I agree, this is horrible. ESPN should be ashamed for this. However I refuse to watch baseball anymore because they have blacked out my team for the past three years and i live 180 mile drive from the city they play in.

  27. comment number 27 by: zNo Gravatar

    So this is what talent looks like eh?
    (with out the steroids) Shame he dosent get the attention he deserves, probably becuase he spends half the time on the DL and the other half in Cincinati

  28. comment number 28 by: JeremyNo Gravatar

    Griffey = G.O.A.T. maybe we’ll get the coverage in a couple years when he’s 40, coming up on 3,000 hits, about to pass Mays in bombs, moving into 4th on the RBI list, 6th on the extra base hit list, and 9th in total bases. No biggie.. just your every day run of the mill most talented player to grace the game since Willie Mays. yawn…..

  29. comment number 29 by: TallasNo Gravatar

    If barry bonds cheated, so did kgj… you kids need to realize everybody cheats…

  30. comment number 30 by: MichaelNo Gravatar

    Jeremy:

    Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, there’s no way I put KGJ in the same light as Willie Mays. Mays made his team a legitimate championship contender in the 50′s along with sweeping the Indians for a championship in ’54. Griffey has never had that sort of impact on his teams. Sure, the statistics are amazing, but to approach Mays as “Greatest Of All Time”, a World Series *appearance* would be a good start.

  31. comment number 31 by: DirrtyDirrtyNo Gravatar

    How is he “being forced to quietly make history in the shadows”? Do they turn off the lights when he hits a HR? Is he on a gag order after he hits a HR to not talk about it? The reason there isn’t any media coverage, so you say, is maybe he isn’t breaking any records. ESPN only cut into live broadcasting because Bonds was about to break a record and not just reach a milestone. Ken may not get as much attention but don’t say he’s being forced to.

  32. comment number 32 by: alexNo Gravatar

    wow some people on the board are absolutely clueless. People accusing Jr. of cheating??? Are you kidding me? You people are a disgrace to the sport. He deserves more attention, the sad fact is, negative news gets more ratings than possitive. And that is because of morons. Most likely the same people who posted negative comments on Griffey on this page.

  33. comment number 33 by: alexNo Gravatar

    wow some people on the board are absolutely clueless. People accusing Jr. of cheating??? Are you kidding me? You people are a disgrace to the sport. He deserves more attention, the sad fact is, negative news gets more ratings than possitive. And that is because of morons. Most likely the same morons who posted negative comments on Griffey on this page. The fact is he is one of the greatest of our time and he did it without using steroids. If you idiots can’t see that then I feel sorry for you. He will get his attention when he gets one away from 600, but right now he isnt getting any. Well he isnt getting the attention Sosa got, and others. Thats the bottom line.

  34. comment number 34 by: timNo Gravatar

    he should have a reverse asterisk next to his name in cooperstown, him and pedro.

  35. comment number 35 by: warrenNo Gravatar

    a reverse asterisk? you are daft tim! pedro probably used performance enhancers as well! very few people understand that everyone who had a cup of coffee in the league from 1990-2007 was frickin juiced with very few exceptions. The exceptions to the rule are those that would never put anything unnatural in their body, including an asprin, and chances are you never heard of him. ignorance here is rampant!

  36. comment number 36 by: warrenNo Gravatar

    unless you know for sure that he did not juice, how can you call people clueless (alex). have you ever played sports beyond the high school level? my guess is no, because if you had, you would realize that the back ups are using so they can beat out the starters, and the starters are using to keep starting. Div I baseball programs were almost as bad as the majors (they will only be tested if they are in the playoffs for the college world series, and they know exactly when the testing will take place. i can only guess that it if far worse in the minor leagues.) I AM NOT RIPPING ON JUNIOR! I LOVE HIS SWING, AND HIS APPROACH TO THE GAME. ITS JUST THAT YOU PEOPLE HAVE ANNOINTED HIM AND OTHERS AS THE GREATEST “NON JUICED” PLAYERS, AND I AM CURIOUS HOW YOU CAN BE SO POSITIVE THEY NEVER TRIED IT?! OBVIOUSLY HE WAS NEVER CAUGHT, BUT NEITHER WAS BONDS AND HE IS THE POSTERBOY FOR PERFORMANCE ENHANCERS. THESE GUYS ALL WERE DIRTYDIRTY. by the way i am a white guy-annonymous. and tallas , dirrtydirrty i agree with you and jeremy had some nice points as well. the rest of you are the pot calling the kettle black, when you claim others are clueless. alex, what do you base your belief that griffey never popped an andro, or tried any other enhancer? are you his trainer? buddy? relative? boyfriend? do you stalk him? how on earth do you know for certain he did not use? YOU ARE THE CLUELESS ONE BUDDY. I bet you also know for a fact that the tooth fairy and santa are real, and its everyone who doesn’t that is clueless. WOW

  37. comment number 37 by: NickNo Gravatar

    Nobody cares about baseball anymore. There, I’ve said it.

  38. comment number 38 by: Jack NNo Gravatar

    So that’s what natural talent looks like?

  39. comment number 39 by: BobNo Gravatar

    Why would anyone take this post seriously? You have that moron Mike Tyson on your header.

  40. comment number 40 by: alexNo Gravatar

    I think some proof in him not juicing was the fact he was hurt almost half his career. There has never been an accusation of Jr. doing steroids, and there is no physical evidence over the years. I’d say its safe to say he hasn’t taken steroids. Sure you could say there is a chance of something in anything. Smoltz could have juiced, who the hell knows for sure?? Yes, you are clueless if you accuse Jr. of using without any evidence other than “how do you know he didn’t juice for sure?”. Until somebody proves otherwise, he is the best home run hitter of this era who didn’t use steroids.

  41. comment number 41 by: ChuckNo Gravatar

    I agree with you wholeheartedly Alex…

  42. comment number 42 by: amator40No Gravatar

    How sad.. Sad that the post is true. Even more sad I haven’t cared about baseball since the last strike. Yeah, thats when SS or the tribe said “f**k the fans” and I said, “Well f**k you too”. Ken Griffey is and always has been like his dad, the real deal.


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  44. comment number 44 by: michaeleeNo Gravatar

    chuck you should immediately go to work for espn and rectify this horror on humanity, you would fit in with the rest of the idiots that work there.If dung was brains, you would be a genius. If I were a dog I would lift my hind leg in your direction.

  45. comment number 45 by: warrenNo Gravatar

    alex -The fact that he was injured half his career means he was never taking steroids? how on earth did you come to that conclusion? one of the results of steroid abuse is in fact, injuries. (never had a torn pec on record before roids) they strengthen the muscles but not the tedons or bones which often causes tears at muscular insertion points. i am not claiming his injuries were.(although i am suspicious of some injuries) if i recall he broke his wrist a couple times running into the wall. at one point in his career smoltz used performance enhancers( definitely steroids) as well. most likely prescribed by his or the team docter. they are not illegal, and were often used to recover from injury, they were not against mlb rules. this discussion has turned stupid, all because you state that griffey is the greatest homerun hitter to never use steroids without knowing its true. do you really believe that because YOU haven’t heard anything about him using, that it must be a fact? well, i will not be a name dropper but i do know a few retired players, some you know and a few you may not. every one of them were cycling roids during the offseason with one exception ( he is a mormon and will not take any medicine even though now he could really use the help)
    let me reiterate, i am not saying griffey was cheating. it was not cheating, and not just because almost everyone was doing it. it was not breaking any rules at the time. i would bet that injuries actually slightly decline now that these substances are banned. alex, borrow a dollar,and buy a clue dude. (or at least stop speaking from your backside. it make your breath even worse)

  46. comment number 46 by: warrenNo Gravatar

    perfect example: gary mathews junior. had you heard he was juiced? was he being accused? if his pee didn’t come up dirty, you would be preaching that he is the second greatest junior steroid free homerun hitter of this era. and by your logic bonds is guilty because he was accused. the proof is there you must pull the flece from your eyes. bonds is the greatest slugger of this era (it is a statistical fact), and i love griffey jr and hate bonds! he is an arrogant prick who wants you to feel sorry for him. (as unfair it is to single him out its hard to sympathize with an ass)
    alex, i can not sympathize with you!

  47. comment number 47 by: alexNo Gravatar

    Warren, you have no idea what you are talking about. By your retarded logic, anybody who is anybody in the game of baseball could and most likely is cheating. So whenever someone is getting close to a milestone, we should all downplay it because they were most likely cheating. Again, you accuse him of cheating (taking sterioids even though they were legal at the time IS cheating IMO) with no evidence whatsoever. Everybody was doing it at the time, so he must have been! No thats just plain stupid. Do you think that would hold up in any formal debate or court hearing??? No because its ridiculous, and only a moron that does not know what they are talking about would accuse somebody of cheating without any proof. And I think there is ample opportunity for somebody to come out and say they heard Jr. juiced. Bottom line, it hasnt happened. And until it does (if it ever does) Griffey is clean. Don’t tell me to get a clue, your the idiot who is making accusasions without any evidence. And please don’t reply with more of the same crap, I don’t care what your opinion is, facts are facts.

  48. comment number 48 by: alexNo Gravatar

    Ok and the whole hurt thing doesn’t really prove he was clean. But steroids help injuries and Griffey did not get too much help on that front. Look at bonds throughout his career, (and Big Mac in this case). They both were so much smaller before they obviously used. Look at Griffey, no evidence whatsoever of useage. And I know this is not scientific evidence, but its just another argument that there is NO PROOF whatsoever of him juiceing. And I feel sorry for you for thinking Bonds is the best of our time. Its fans like you that have ruined baseball for supporting cheating trash like that. Way to go.

  49. comment number 49 by: alexNo Gravatar

    Hey Warren, I think I found your baseball!

    Sorry, just had to do it.

  50. comment number 50 by: warrenNo Gravatar

    people do not take steroids to avoid injuries, they take them to recover. i don’t care what your opinion is, and my logic is sound and not retarded. someone who thinks that steroid use from the late 80′s on was restricted to big mac, bonds, and sosa is retarded(alex, thats you) griffey did put on weight and got stronger since he was a rookie. i sort of hope that there will be full disclosure on the performance enhancer so that you can see it is not 1% of the league that was juiced. how about andre dawson? do you think he ever used? (he told me he did for 3 off seasons while with the cubs, and it was a team docter who prescribed it.
    now, why would anyone in the league “tell on” anyone else if their head coach used, anlong with the hitting coach, and probably their best friend. retard alex, forget a clue, go buy cansecos book(read it, yes the whole thing , not just the pictures captions) you will find someone who does spill the beans. he does this because most of the sports fan world think he was the only one doing it. learn about something before you decide to argue a point so vehemently, that is fundamentally flawed. or keep saying bonds is a cheater and everyone else is an angel. i don’t care. i know better(don’t respond until you do some research, and have something insightful to say. we all know you use a griffey jr dildo as a pacifier- why don’t you start by checking the size of your pacifier’s nutsack-it will probably seem a little small)
    oh, i hate bonds(i said it before) but he hit more homeruns than you/me/or anyone else. that is why i say he is the best slugger of the era. (please, please don’t feel sorry for me) i do not support cheating, and the only evidence anyone could possibly have to prove use would be a blood/urine test. how do you figure i support cheating. (check the definition of cheating and i believe there will be mention of a rule being broken!! i know exactly what i am talking about. good example-on a saturday night 1 of every 4 drivers is drunk. do you think cops pull over and arrest 25% of all traffic? a far smaller % is caught than are cheating.
    monday morning many if not most commuters are drinking coffee(cops not concerned, not against the law) it helps them wake up and get to work. there are those who do not like caffine(had to try it to know!)
    performance enhancers now is like sat. night drunks on the road. its illegal but if you are careful you can get away with itfor a while.
    in the past, the juicers were like monday morning commuters with caffine. it helped a little, wasn’t illegal, and some tried it, while some became regular users. (bonds,canseco,sosa ect. were regulars at starbucks. griffey probably had a sip and said yuck. (my point is he probably tried it)
    please don’t ever say anything about PROOF unless you have some. (alex, my guess is you grew up playing soccer, because you have mastered the art of flopping. your hole arguement is one big flop)
    if you have a baseball of mine, give it back. (i still play semi pro ball in chicago)
    read something before replying please. your retarded ignorant stupidity is bringing me down.
    I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN, AND WILL ALWAYS BE A PROUD FAN OF BASEBALL AND WON’T APOLOGIZE FOR IT. YOUR DUMB ASS IS THE PROBLEM, BELIEVING THAT I RUINED BASEBALL.

  51. comment number 51 by: warrenNo Gravatar

    SINCE NO ONE WANTS TO MEDIATE, ALLOW ME. I HAVE BEEN RACKING MY BRAIN TO COME UP WITH A SCENERIO IN WHICH JR NEVER TRIED ANY SUBSTANCES AT ANY TIME. THE ONLY THING I CAME UP WITH WAS THAT HIS DAD USED AND HAD SOME SORT OF COMPLICATIONS(RAGE, INJURY, OR MAYBE JUST CRAMPING WHICH IS COMMON AMONG USERS) IF THIS WERE TRUE AND HE TOLD JR TO AVOID THEM THEN I COULD SEE HIM BEING COMPLETELY CLEAN. YOU WOULD HAVE TO THEN CONCEDE THAT SR WAS A USER. IN THAT CASE WE ARE BOTH RIGHT, ROIDS WERE RAMPANT, AND JR WAS CLEAN. IF YOU ARE WILLING TO ACCEPT THE SCOPE AND SCALE OF “CHEATING” (your words not mine) I WILL BEGRUDGINGLY ACCEPT THAT JR HAS BEEN 100% CLEAN HIS WHOLE CAREER. UNLESS YOU CAN COME UP WITH A BETTER SCENERIO. (i have a good idea what your response will be -something like you’re wrong i’m right or you’re a dummy and i’m not. that is your m.o.)

  52. comment number 52 by: JackNo Gravatar

    Jr. has been one of my favorite players for years. I wish that he hadn’t been so injury prone. Imagine what his stats would have looked like.

  53. comment number 53 by: alexNo Gravatar

    Ok I stopped reading your post like half way. You obviously have no idea what I’m talking about. I never said Sosa, Mac and Bonds were the only people who used. When did I say Bonds is a cheat and everybody else is an angel??? Did you read my post or are you still looking for your baseball??
    I don’t know what your trying to get at at all really. This crap makes no sense. Andre Dawson told you he took steroids??? Ok, sure buddy. And whats with all the caps, seriosly. It’s a very simple argument here. I say Junior deserves credit for 600 homers because THERE IS NO EVIDENCE of him cheating. You say he most likely cheated because everybody else did, which is a BS argument, since again you have no proof. And then you go as far as to say Bonds is the best homerun hitter of our era when there are numerous accusations against him. So overall, I really don’t get your argument. You say one thing, then say another. I really don’t think we are getting anywhere here. Oh wow I glanced at your seconond post and now your saying Griffey Sr. used??? What in the hell is going through that mind. Here’s an idea, maybe both of them are clean. Why is it impossible for you possibly think Jr. was clean without some crazy ass scenario. Go talk to your boy Andre a little more and get the real scoop.

  54. comment number 54 by: alexNo Gravatar

    Warren, turns out we are both wrong. I just talked to Babe Ruth from the dead and the only ones who ever cheated were the Philly Phantic and some guy named Henry Tiddlywinks in the 30s. Aparently he tried to grow a third leg to make him an utfielder to be reckoned with, (didn’t work, he got hit by a stray weather balloon in 1932).

  55. comment number 55 by: MichaelNo Gravatar

    I’m not say anything against Griffey, but I do not feel right to anoint him or Bonds the greatest HR hitter of our time. The greatest, IMO, is also one of the most polarizing figure in all of baseball, A-Rod. My one basis for this argument is that in 9 fewer years (Griffey selected in 1987, A-Rod in 1996), A-Rod is only 75 HRs behind Griffey. A-Rod hits HRs at a rate of 45 per season. That means that A-Rod will be at 600 HRs in 7 fewer seasons, making him number 1 in my book. Now, as far as all around player, I think Griffey is better, but just for the Long Ball, A-Rod would be my choice as the best.


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  59. comment number 59 by: firenzeNo Gravatar

    @Jack, Yes , sweetest swing in all of baseball. It’s a joy to watch him at bat


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  61. comment number 61 by: Baseball QuizNo Gravatar

    Im still in shock that KGJ made such a wild comeback I have been a fan since the 90s

  62. comment number 62 by: rocknrolltimesNo Gravatar

    I lived in the Seattle area when Junior played there. Those were some great days. It is a shame he got injured cause I truly believe he would have had a real shot at the record. rooting for you always Junior.

  63. comment number 63 by: Sean BuiNo Gravatar

    this is so true… i love griffey

  64. comment number 64 by: Back…back…back…gone!

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  67. comment number 67 by: klepNo Gravatar

    I totally agree with all said It’s a shame that Jr.’s not receiving any hype surrounding his phenomenal achievement. The real Hall of Famer for this era

  68. comment number 68 by: brandonNo Gravatar

    I’m going to an optimist and since Griffey’s name didn’t come up in the super roid report that he stayed clean. Yes I know, call me naive. But I WANT to believe that someone stayed clean throughout all this. And yes, I think the body breaking down is also a side effect of the roids, which maybe they didn’t agree with him. Griffey has a bit of that Jordan effect w/the media however. The fact they will not attack him because he’s never come across as the super a-hole that Barry has. So maybe he’s been protected a bit more because people don’t feel (or want) the need to head hunt Ken because he’s the “nice guy”.


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  70. comment number 70 by: izebellaNo Gravatar

    good web site thnx sportaphile.com :)

  71. comment number 71 by: izebellaNo Gravatar

    yeah

  72. comment number 72 by: klyexNo Gravatar

    deneme yes

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